The Aston Martin Valhalla and Vanquish will switch the in-house V6 for a V8
You guessed it, its being imported from AMG
Quite a while ago it was reported over the internet that the upcoming Aston Martin Valhalla and Vanquish would ditch the in-house twin-turbo V6 in development for a similar set-up from Mercedes-AMG. Now it is official that Aston Martin will not use that engine. The main difference from the reports earlier in time is that they are switching layout. Here they will use the known quantity of the 4 litre twin-turbo V8 imported from AMG. The other major difference is that this time it is actually official.
What are the main reasons for this switch?
The main reason that Aston Martin has abandoned it is because of cost. It would have cost tens (maybe even hundreds) of millions of pounds to develop an all-new engine and Tobias Moers (CEO of Aston) claims that the money could be used more efficiently in electrification and updating current model lines like the DBX with an upcoming 650bhp version.
The other reason is Euro 7 which is an upcoming set of emissions rules. It would have been possible but wildly expensive to make the engine compliant with those regulations. Thanks to this the V12 is also likely to die but Aston Martin has promised to try as hard as possible to make it legal.
The Valhalla will be the Valkyrie's little brother with an electric motor within the V8 and it is supposedly more affordable though I think £1 million isn't that cheap which is what it will cost.
The Vanquish will be a rival to the recently released McLaren Artura but with a better name. it is also expected to be all wheel drive thanks to an electric motor on the front axle.