The next-gen Aston Vantage and DB11 will be powered by batteries
I'm afraid we're going to continue reading news of this tone for many months to come because just about every brand we know and love (well, most of them, anyway) is announcing they're going to replace this or that model with an equivalent electric car. Aston Martin is the latest auto maker to join the bandwagon as CEO Tobias Moers confirmed that both the next-gen DB1 and Vantage will be electric. "The succession of our traditional sports segment has to be full electric, no doubt," he said.
Now, the concept of 'engine layout' is fluid when it comes to EVs because it depends on where the battery pack and electric motor(s) are located but both vehicles will remain front-engined. The DB11 is likely to be the first car to go fully electric in 2025/2026, the Vantage will follow in the next few years. In the meantime, Aston will soon introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the DBX and the long-awaited (understatement) Valkyrie will finally be here in September.
Former CEO Andy Palmer said they would create a spin-off, EV-only brand called Lagonda but Palmer was replaced by (formerly at AMG) Tobias Moers, following the corporate restructuring that Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll set in motion when he acquired a stake in Aston Martin and invested in the brand, and now it seems the entire line-up will be electric at some point.
Moers is aware that "the customer journey" is what truly matters with a brand like Aston. "These are the things that are going to make the difference," he said. "It will be about the experience, the driving dynamics, how we are going to serve our customers".
Yes, just one word: sound. The DBX can be silent, the DB11 and Vantage can't. Just my 2 cents.