Aston Martin, one of the last few standing proponents of naturally aspirated engines, has fallen to the turbo wave. The news may be a sad one for many, but plenty of other mortals are already rubbing their palms in glee and anticipation, as the first turbo to find place under the hood of an Aston will be a monstrous V12. That’s right, the new 2016 Aston Martin DB11 will be powered by a new twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12, the company officially announced.
The company has also released an official video previewing the engine. Described as a ‘brand new V12, the engine is expected to be Aston’s most powerful V12 in its history. Expected power output is in excess of 600bhp, with torque output expected to nudge a crazy 900Nm. The 0-100 time for the car propelled by the engine is expected to be a shade above 3 seconds. The engine will be built in Cologne, at Aston’s engine plant in Ford’s factory.
In addition to the V12, the upcoming DB11 range will get a smaller V8 engine too. Aston Martin will be introducing a Mercedes-AMG based smaller 4.0-litre V8 engine for its cars in the coming months, to make its products a bit fore ‘accessible’.
The DB11 will likely replace the DB9 which is now more than 12 years old. The DB11 is expected to bring big changes for the brand and set the tone for what to expect from the British exotic car maker. Expect major changes to the front and rear, as well as a completely revised interior. The new car, outfitted with the new turbo engine will be on sale by the end of 2016.
The teaser video released by the Gaydon based carmaker is a 30-second film showing the new engine starting up, with ‘V12’, ‘5.2’ and ‘twin turbo’ etched on top. Check it out, and be amazed!
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