Aston Martin may be making headlines with their new Virage powered by the company’s 490hp V12 engine, but back at the headquarters, execs are talking about the return of a specific engine used back in their heyday. The future generation of Aston Martin sports cars may come packing the classic ’straight six’ engine configuration that dominated Aston Martin during the time of the DB7.

Aston Martin’s chief exec, Dr Ulrich Bez, said that the company is already preparing an inline engine of "around 2.5 liter capacity with direct injection and turbocharging." If this kind of engine is used, the models featuring it will be built on the same VH platform that underpins all its current models: "And of course a straight six will fit, because we can already get the V12s in."

The DB7 was actually the last Aston Martin to carry the straight six configuration, so we’re wondering if this particular badge will make a comeback in the next five years. There’s not really much to go on to make an accurate prediction, but considering the Aston Martin DB7 was the highest production Aston Martin model ever, we think bringing it back may not be such a bad idea.


Source: Piston Heads

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  (387) posted on 03.14.2011

Yeah, it is likely possible that they would push through with it. And it would be really not that surprising if they did go with the DB7, considering how popular it was.

  (399) posted on 03.11.2011

Well, considering the current trend that Aston Martin is taking, it is a highly plausible assumption. Let’s just wait and see if this actually does push through.

  (383) posted on 03.4.2011

I am still wondering why hey would want to return to the inline six configuration. Not that it is not a good engines, but Aston Martins has already produced better ones.

  (444) posted on 02.24.2011

My guess is this car will phase the DB9 out, and there I’ll be a more powerful Virage S to replace the DBS and keep in line w/ their trend of naming their cars rather affixing a numeral after the letters DB.

  (630) posted on 02.24.2011

does it mean that the new Virage would be the replacement of the DB9? And according to the reviews DBS has frighteningly close in specs. I can’t imagine Aston came out w/ this car solely to supplement it’s existing lineup.

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