Aston Martin's reversible electric DB6 is more tasteful than the E-Type Zero
Aston Martin just dropped some pics of an electric-converted 1970 DB6 Volante to debut its new reversible EV powertrain conversion technology for heritage vehicles.
The brand is claiming it has made, and I quote, the “first reversible EV powertrain concept”.
Regardless, what we will say about this DB6 is how remarkably tasteful it is. While Jag kept the external features of the E-Type mostly original, the dash was, controversially, gutted and replaced with a multimedia touchscreen, fully-digital dash elements and the headlights were replaced with LEDs.
The DB6, on the other hand, has a truly original look on the inside, complete with the OG dials and a notable lack of a big multimedia touchscreen or modern lighting. Not to mention the immaculate restoration job by Aston Martin Works.
Aston Martin calls this new EV technology the ‘cassette’ powertrain concept (implying it ‘slides’ in, I suppose…), and while its primary objective is to future-proof Aston’s heritage vehicles for a zero-emission world, it’s also a technology showcase for the British brand’s upcoming Rapide E program and electrified Lagonda range.
Of course, the ‘cassette’ system is touted to be ‘completely reversible’, so the car can have its original 4.0-litre straight-six and ZF 5-speed manual returned to it if need be. Power figures have not yet been revealed, nor even how the transmission works for the ‘cassette’ system.
Unlike Jag, Aston have not released any pictures of the DB6’s new internal EV components, but it has said that the ‘cassette’ sits on the car’s original engine and gearbox mountings, and is controlled via a ‘discreet’ screen hidden somewhere in the cabin (we can’t find it in the pictures, can you?).
Aston Martin’s Heritage EV conversion works will kick off for customers sometime in 2019 off the back of this concept.
Is this DB6 a case of ‘just enough’ or is any electrified classic a butchery? Tell us what you think in the comments.