The latest rumors come from Autocar, which reported Friday that Aston Martin is developing its own inline-6, one potentially featuring hybrid technology, to eventually replace the current V-8 engine the company sources from Mercedes-AMG.
The report cited an anonymous source.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer in September revealed that the company planned a turbocharged V-6 with hybrid technology for the code-named 003 hypercar due in 2021. He said the engine would be related to the current 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 Aston Martin offers.
It's unlikely two 6-cylinder engines, an inline-6 and a V-6, are being developed at Aston Martin, so perhaps something's been lost in translation.
Downsizing to a smaller engine is said to be seen as necessary for Aston Martin in order to meet stricter emissions regulations that will come into play should the automaker cross the 10,000-unit annual sales threshold. It's a problem that also afflicts Ferrari which is expected to cross the threshold with the arrival of the Purosangue SUV early next decade, which is why the Italian firm also plans a V-6.
Aston Martin has offered cars with 6-cylinder engines in the past. The last was the DB7 which offered a 3.2-liter inline-6. Aston Martin dropped the option in 1998.