Aston Martin Teases New V12 Twin Turbo Engine, Expected for DB11

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Aston Martin has published a video teasing its new V12 engine, the company's first all-new powerplant in years.
The teaser clip shows an inlet manifold that reads “V12 5.2 Twin Turbo” and depicts the startup of the new power plant from Gaydon. The new engine will first be used by the upcoming DB11 and is expected to deliver around 600 HP with loads of torque.

The twin-turbo V12 unit is completely new in Aston Martin’s range and will be the first of its kind for the British carmaker. Thanks to turbocharging, the 5.2-liter unit could be the most powerful engine ever made by the luxury manufacturer for a series production car, except for those of the One-77 and Vulcan.

Aston Martin’s latest powerplant will not be the only turbocharged offering in the range, the manufacturer expecting some V8 twin-turbo units from Mercedes-AMG, its most recent partner.

The current V12 units used by Aston Martin were made using some components supplied by Ford, the British brand’s previous owner, the engine itself being based on two V6s. However, the supply contract with Ford was bound to end soon enough, not to mention that its fuel consumption wasn't exactly good.

Since the carmaker had to invest in a new engine lineup, developing a completely new naturally aspirated V12 unit could have proved too costly for the Gaydon brand. Besides, turbocharging should bring lower emission figures and a higher performance level for the cars that will use the new engine.

The introduction of a twin-turbo V12 unit in the Aston Martin range is expected to bring the end of naturally aspirated V12 engines for the British manufacturer. Aston Martin is not the only company specialized in sports cars that will stop using naturally aspirated engines, with brands like Porsche cutting the NA engines in the 911 range and Ferrari introducing turbocharged units in its cars as well.

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