Aston Martin will replace the V8 and V12 engines with a hybrid turbo-sixApril 21, 2020
The new 3.0-liter electrified turbocharger TM01 with a volume of 3.0 liters will eventually become the most popular power unit in the Aston Martin lineup, Autocar magazine writes. The supercharged engine will debut in 2022 on the Valhalla supercar, and then gradually displace the German V8 4.0 from under the hood of the DBX crossover, the Vantage and DB11 family.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer emphasized that switching from Mercedes-AMG V8 4.0 to a more compact V6 will not reduce power. The top manager explained that motorists will be able to compensate for the difference in volume and number of cylinders due to the electric component, and on all new Aston Martin models the power plant will be configured for different performance.
Palmer admitted that in the long run, the hybrid V6 will replace not only the Mercedes V8, but also a 5.2-liter V12 of its own design. The briton said that Aston Martin electrifies a twelve-cylinder engine to ensure that the unit meets environmental standards, but noted that these measures are unlikely to last long. However, in the next few years, the abandonment of the V12 is not planned: Aston Martin will even finance the transfer of motor production from Germany to the UK.
Palmer commented on the upcoming ban on the sale of new ICE cars, which the UK intends to introduce in 2035. The specialist noted that Aston Martin produces cars for world markets, and “in other countries they have not yet said that moderate and rechargeable hybrids have no future.”
Andy Palmer made it clear that despite stricter environmental standards, Aston Martin customers support the “old school” engines: for example, in 2019, nearly 1800 sports cars with V12 engines found buyers. Aston Martin will continue to develop ICE vehicles until they are in demand, Palmer said.
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