Aston Martin’s recent announcement that it will move aggressively into the mid-engined sports car market also confirmed that it will develop its own V6 hybrid powertrain. But why not make use of its existing relationship with Daimler instead?
“I wanted an engine that reflects the brand, one that needs to sound and feel like an Aston,” CEO Andy Palmer said. “It’s not so easy if you’re not in control of everything.”
Palmer also confirmed that the V6 layout has been chosen to help with packaging the electrical side, and also that the powertrain is likely to find its way into the brand’s future front-engined models. But the engine shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for the AMG-sourced V8; instead Palmer says it’s “an addition”.
In contrast to McLaren’s plans (see main story, above), Palmer says there won’t be a plug-in hybrid unless legislation forces Aston’s hand. “To me, it’s perverse to have all the costs and weight of the electric motor and battery as well as the petrol engine,” said Palmer. “And, generally speaking, the petrol engine sounds terrible.”
Aston’s V6 will find its way into front-engined cars