Aston Martin will replace AMG’s V8 it currently uses in the Vantage, DB11, DBX supercars.
Mercedes-AMG is phasing out its eight-cylinder, therefore the British carmaker has to think of a replacement.
A four-cylinder engine could be hardly imagined in a supercar. So, this is about the development of a six-cylinder unit, according to Aston Martin’s CEO interview with Car and Driver.
A new, electrified three-cylinder V6 engine would be a decision, but it needs to be effective enough to serve as a good alternative to the V8 and deliver the brand-specific performance.
Aston Martin is not experienced in building V6 engines, but believes to succeed. The key thing will be to make the engine sound like a true Aston. Hybridization will help compensate for the cylinder size with the electrical assistance.
Aston Martin continues making V12 engines over the next few years with the focus on eco-friendliness. The company will produce its V12 and the new V6 in Great Britain.