Aston Martin doesn’t have the scale or financial resources to develop new powertrains that meet future emissions limits so the best alternative would be to source proven technology from another reputable carmaker. During a recent interview with Auto Motor und Sport, an unnamed Mercedes manager said Aston Martin was interested in Mercedes’ petrol V6 and V8 engines and that these motors could be combined with a hybrid system. The good news is that hybrid technology doesn't have to be all about emissions. Performance hybrid cars can use the electric motor as a "power boost" for smoother driving and better acceleration.
Last month Mercedes officials reportedly visited Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility and before that Aston’s primary shareholder, Kuwaiti firm Investment Dar, had a meeting with Mercedes managers. Aston Martin also announced this month that production of its future Rapide sedan, pictured in concept form above, would be built outside the UK by an independent vehicle manufacturer, so already we’ve seen major changes taking place at the once traditional carmaker.
Aston Martin Rapide Concept