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Aston Martin May Begin Using Toyota Engines: Report


CEOs of Toyota and Aston Martin - Akio Toyoda and Dr. Ulrich Bez

CEOs of Toyota and Aston Martin - Akio Toyoda and Dr. Ulrich Bez

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Just a few days back, we brought you news that Aston Martin is seriously considering downsizing engines in its product range. The trick, it seems, is balancing power with fuel efficiency and lower emissions, while not “undermining the exclusivity” that makes an Aston Martin an Aston Martin.

Now comes word from De Telegraaf that Aston Martin may be looking to Toyota for engines, with particular interest in the V8s used by Lexus. The British luxury automaker may even have its sights on the 4.8-liter V-10 that Toyota builds exclusively for the Lexus LFA, although we’re not sure how interested Toyota would be in sharing this hand-built engine.

Since there’s already an established relationship between Aston Martin and Toyota, such a move makes good sense to us. Toyota supplies Aston with iQ bodies in white, which the British firm builds into its diminutive-but-pricey Cygnet city car.

Aston CEO Ulrich Bez and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda are more than just casual acquaintances, too. Both are avid race car drivers, competing in events like the Nürburgring 24 Hours as their schedules allow. In 2011, the pair swapped rides, with Toyoda driving for Aston Martin and Bez piloting the Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA.

The teams even shared garage space for the 24 hour event, and Bez commented that “other company bosses meet on the golf course; we race together.” It comes as no surprise, then, that the two automakers may be planning to build cars together, too.
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  1. This would be the worst decision. I understand the Cygnet was a neccessity, but a bespoke car like the Aston Martin without a bespoke engine would be lame. And I know the V12 was developed with Ford, but I didn't see any blue oval cars with it.

    And to use a Japanese engine? Sheesh. It's got bad idea written all over it.
     
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  2. The Ford sourced V12 is 2 Ford Mondeo 3.0 V6's that were sewn together but Cosworth....
     
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  3. it's the same mistake ,jaguar x badged ford ,a foolish idea .
     
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  4. Why would Aston want the LFA V-10? The LFA gets worse EPA numbers than existing Aston cars.
     
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  5. @Joey, the LFA V-10 is likely lighter than Aston's current V-12. Retune it a bit and change the gearing compared to the LFA, and it will probably be more fuel efficient.
     
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  6. open your minds guys......i dont think they mean actually sharing the exact engine. I would put it more down to sharing the shell and tooling of the engine and then modyfing it in house saving millions. the same way Audi, VW, Skoda and SEAT all use a range of around 4 base engines which are then modified.
     
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  7. The LFA has consistently beaten the Aston at the Nurburgring 24hr races. This will surely make things interesting.
     
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