It looks like Aston Martin is about to seriously raise the stakes in the battle against rivals Porsche and Ferrari [NYSE:RACE]. The automaker this week released a teaser video cinfirming a new twin-turbocharged V-12 will be made available this year, with the engine to almost certainly be fitted first in the DB9-replacing DB11 set for a debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this March.
The teaser video confirms that the engine will have a displacement of 5.2 liters. Though this may be down on the 5.9 liters of the brand’s current V-12, the new engine should offer more power thanks to the twin-turbocharging system. Considering Aston Martin’s most powerful application of the 5.9-liter V-12, the Vanquish, has 568 hp on tap, we could be looking at final figures in excess of 600 hp.
The new engine should be more fuel efficient, too, as long as you don’t push it too hard all the time. We don’t have any additional specs but at least we know it sounds good. Make sure you turn the volume up before hitting play.
Aston Martin's new DB11 will be the first model in the brand's most significant production expansion in history. It is also expected to offer a V-8, though unlike the V-12 which is Aston Martin's own design, the V-8 will be sourced from Mercedes-AMG. It's the familiar twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 found in numerous Mercedes-AMG products, though Aston's version will have its own calibration.
Following the DB11, there will be replacements for the Vantage and Vanquish models as well as a new SUV, sedan and a third, undisclosed model, possibly a new Rapide.