Aston Martin commits to V-12 engine until 2026

  • Aston Martin says it will continue to produce its V-12 engine for the next five years.
  • We will see it in the next V12 Vantage, as well as replacements for the DB11 and DBS.
  • We won’t see a V-12 in the DBX SUV or the upcoming mid-engined Vanquish and Valhalla supercars.

    Given that less than 50,000 12-cylinder cars are produced worldwide each year (including W-12 models from Bentley and Audi), the question of which automaker will be the last to produce a V-12 engine may seem peripheral. Yet the fate of this aristocratic cylinder layout is one that we are keenly interested in given the significant number of cars to have used V-12s. Now Aston Martin has confirmed its intention to continue offering its own V-12 until it is forced to stop by tougher European emissions standards. This means that it will last another five years, until 2026 or 2027.

    This is slightly surprising given that the newly announced DBX707 will use a reworked version of the AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 697 horsepower, almost as much as the 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12’s 715 hp. the high-end DBS. But Aston CEO Tobias Moers says there is no logic in using the new engine to replace the V-12 in its existing applications.

    “We won’t do that, the V-12 still has a bit of potential,” he said during the DBX707’s online unveiling, “and having the V12 Vantage shows there’s still room for a V-12 in our sports car generation.”

    The new V12 Vantage will be launched later this year and it will use much of the front end structure developed for the V12 Speedster that Aston launched last year. We can also expect to see the V-12 continue in cars that replace the current DB11 and DBS, with Aston insiders having confirmed that these cars will continue to use the same basic structure as the current models. Moers, however, said there were no plans to put the V-12 in the DBX.

    V12 Speedster

    Aston Martin

    “Why should I get rid of the V-12 for now?” Moer asked. “The end of the life cycle of all these V-12s is the year 2026-2027.” This timeline matches the proposed arrival of ultra-harsh combustion standards in Europe, including real-time emissions reporting. “We’re not going to redesign the V-12 to do that.”

    Others among the select group of V-12 manufacturers have already confirmed their intention to end production of their engines early. BMW is releasing a series of Final Edition M760Li sedans to mark the retirement of its engine. But while Aston’s V-12 is expected to outlast the others, it’s unlikely to be the last automaker with one in production: Lamborghini has confirmed that the Aventador replacement will launch with a V -12 naturally aspirated hybrid, one with a lifespan that will run well into the 2030s.

    Moers also confirmed that the mid-engined Vanquish and Valhalla supercars Aston is developing will not use the V-12, with both set to run versions of a V-8 based on the flat-plane V-crank. of the AMG GT Black Series. 8. It will be handcrafted by the British company in the UK. He also said that this hybrid powertrain will be available in two- and three-motor configurations, the latter using a pair of electric motors on the front axle capable of vectoring torque, like the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

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