Would you like some supercar DNA with your new DB11 or DBX?

Just weeks apart from one another, we learned not only that Aston Martin was working on its own hybridized V-6 and that the version found in the Valhalla supercar will be named TM01, after the great Tadek Marek. Now, thanks to a new interview between Aston CEO, Andy Palmer, and Autocar, we’ve learned even more about the sheer versatility of the TM01 and what the future holds for it. As it turns out, it’s going to be spread across the entire Aston range over the next few years – an important development, no doubt.

Here’s How Aston Martin’s Hybrid Plan Unfolds

With Mercedes-AMG quite literally killing off the V-8 engine in an effort to populate most of its models with over-powered four-bangers, Aston Martin had to step up their game. This means, Aston – a company that has plenty of experience with inline-six engines – is forced to do something it has never done before: build a quality V-6 engine that’s worthy of replacing all those AMG-sourced V-8s. In his interview with Autocar, Palmer explained what’s going on behind closed doors.

Mercedes have made no secret of where their engine technology is moving to, and obviously we don’t foresee four-cylinder engines in our Astons, so we’ve got to make our own journey.
The Aston Martin Valhalla's New Hybrid V-6 Will Soon Spread to the Rest of the Lineup
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We already knew that this new V-6 from Aston Martin would be a hybrid of some type, but there was a lot of concern swirling around how much power it will be capable of. Output for the Valhalla is expected to deliver a combined output of nearly 1,000 horsepower, and now we know that the very same Valhalla engine will be found under the hood of other Aston models too, albeit with less power, of course. In short, thanks to electrical assistance, Aston plans on the TM01 to be a modular replacement for the AMG V-8, and Plamer has even confirmed that it’s compatible with the brand’s current crop of transmissions.

”As you move on, you normally expect a power increase, not a decrease,” Palmer said. “You’re supposed to do that even with a smaller power unit, so there’s no way our customers are going to expect to step backward.”
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So, we know that the hybrid V-6 that will ultimately be detuned when it’s found in the Vantage, the entry-level DB11, and the upcoming DBX will be more powerful than the current AMG V-8, but can it live up to the expectations of Aston Martin customers?

”The key is sound. Tuning the pipes to make it sound like an Aston. Obviously, we can use the hybrid system and the electric motor to fill in on torque, so you can compensate for the cylinder size with the electrical assistance.”

And, that’s the secret: “as long as it feels like a V-8 and sounds majestic,” it will fit in the lineup just fine. Palmer added that he feels it’s “perfectly sensible” and “a lot more sensible than a [four-cylidner] would be.”

The Aston Martin Valhalla's New Hybrid V-6 Will Soon Spread to the Rest of the Lineup
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With this in mind, the production version of the TM01 found in Aston’s main consumer cars will be built in the U.K by a supplier that has yet to be disclosed. It’s been said that it doesn’t involve Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, though, so it sounds like some things are still up in the air. The company’s current 5.2-liter V-12 will soon be built in the U.K. as well and is also on the docket to be electrified in the coming years. There’s still a demand for it, so the company isn’t going to give up on it quite yet.

Either way, the point right now is that the same engine found in the Valhalla will actually be found in a lot of Aston vehicles – something that means there could be a lot of tuning opportunity when these models hit the road. Of course, a lot of power restrictions will come from the electric components, but the fact of the matter is that Aston’s main lineup will soon feature a supercar engine, even if it is in a detuned state. That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

Source: Autocar

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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