Aston Martin Models Could Sport Straight-Sixes Once Again
According to the CEO, the current VH platform that is found under all Astons’ skins still has a good number of years left in it. PH describes Bez as being “extremely interested in a return to a straight six configuration for future Aston Martin road cars.”
So what engine can we expect to see under the long bonnet of a future Astron model? Will it be a four-liter? No! Bez made explicit reference to the creation of a engine of “around 2.5 litre capacity with direct injection and turbocharging.”
“And of course a straight six will fit, because we can already get the V12s in,” he jokingly remarked before he rushed off to other engagements, leaving us with more questions than answers.
The one big unanswered question is what car this new engine will be fitted into. It might see service in the Vantage, either alongside the current V8 and V12 mills, or as a replacement for the V8. We are not sure if die-hard Aston fans will appreciate a six-pot engine noise instead of the sonorous V8 growl, but the new powerplant could prove to be more economical.
We also find it hard to believe that a turbocharged 2.5-liter will match the horsepower output of the current 4.7-liter that churns out around 420 hp and Aston are not usually keen to sacrifice on performance, so a new entry-level sportcar might be on the cards.