Aston Martin will stop using Mercedes-AMG V8 engine

Aston Martin has decided to do without its Mercedes-AMG V8 engine. The British firm has very ambitious plans for the new block that will take its place. The objective is none other than to become a more independent brand and, in this case, not to rely on an outside firm for its engines.

Mercedes-AMG V8 engine assembly, Affalterbach, Germany

Very important changes are coming for Aston Martin . The well-known British manufacturer of luxury cars has decided not use the V8 engines in their vehicles. A large number of the models developed by this brand are powered by a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine. For example, Aston Martin’s first SUV, the DBX , has it. Well, in the future this will not be so.


The British company has decided to put aside the V8 engine of Mercedes-AMG origin to use a new electrified and self-developed V6 engine. In addition to the aforementioned DBX, the Aston Martin Vantage and the DB11 also have in its range this V8 engine.

Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin’s V6 engine

Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, has made some very interesting statements in an interview, and assured that this new electrified V6 engine will replace the Mercedes-AMG V8 engine.

At this point it is important to keep in mind that Aston Martin does not have experience in the development of V6 engines. However, Palmer himself believes that the brand’s engineers are fully trained to get down to work and embark on this ambitious project.

Although the production of Aston Martin Rapide E has been canceled, it is undeniable that Aston Martin must prepare for the coming times. A time when electric vehicles will be the main market. The head of the firm said: “The key is the sound. Obviously we can use the hybrid system and the electric motor for maximum torque and thus compensate the size of the displacement with the electric assistance. As long as it sounds and feels like a V8, I think it’s a perfectly sensible way to go. ”

Long live the V12 engines

On the other hand, and equally important, Palmer said that at Aston Martin they are still committed to V12 engines: “I hope the V12 is running for a good while longer. You can see in the long term, it may not last, but certainly in the coming years we can continue to produce V12 engines and we can make them more eco-friendly.”

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