Aston Martin Is Working On A New V6

by Heather Platt | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Last week, Aston Martin announced that it would bring out a new hybrid hypercar after it finishes building the upcoming Valkyrie. Not many details on this car, code-named Project 003, were released, but in an interview last week Aston Martin CEO gave a little nugget to UK magazine Auto Express. Project 003 will get a new turbocharged V6 developed in-house by Aston Martin, and there’s good reason to expect this engine in other cars, too.

2019 Aston Martin V6

In Project 003, Palmer said this V6 will be paired with an F1-style kinetic energy-recovery system (KERS), which captures heat energy created by braking and turns it into electricity to power an electric motor. The Valkyrie will use a KERS system, too, but it’ll be paired with a naturally aspirated V12 built by Cosworth.

Palmer hinted to Auto Express that this V6 isn’t too far removed from the company’s new 5.2-liter V12. “We’re demonstrating that in that V12 arena we have mastery, so V12 and V6 is obviously closely related,” he said.

Building a V6 based on a V12 isn’t too difficult—you essentially just halve everything. It’s also worth noting that Aston’s current V12 uses a 60-degree cylinder bank, which is the ideal angle for a V6. And fun fact: Aston’s old 5.9-liter naturally aspirated V12 started life as two Ford Duratec V6s joined together in a common block.

So, while we’ll definitely see this V6 in Project 003 when it arrives in 2021, we think it’ll make an appearance sooner in Aston’s upcoming Ferrari 488-rival. A few months ago, Palmer told us this mid-engine supercar would get a bespoke engine, and we think it’s this V6, since Aston’s current V8 is a Mercedes-AMG unit and a V12 wouldn’t likely fit.

Aston Martin’s DBX SUV will arrive next year, which means we’ll most likely see the mid-engine car in 2020. Perhaps it’ll pack V6 power, too.


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