Aston Martin To Use Straight-Six Engines
Aston Martin has a long history of straight-six engines, but Porsche has a long history of their cars spinning out and slamming into trees, so history doesn’t mean much anymore to most of these automakers.
Aston Martin, in recent years, has abandoned the straight-six engines in favor of much larger V8 and V12 motors. Yet, Aston CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez stated that the company is considering a return to the old six-cylinder powerplants.
Bez let this information slip while speaking with Piston Heads at a recent event in Gaydon, UK. The CEO stated that he would like to see Aston Martin return to straight-six engines, which the company left for dead after the 2003 DB7.
During the conversation, Bez stated that he would like to see a six-cylinder engine that is around 2.5-liters with direct injection and turbocharging. “And of course a straight six will fit, because we can already get the V12s in,” he added.
The move to six-cylinder engines might seem a bit drastic considering Aston Martin’s recent history. After all, the V6 Vantage just lacks a certain ring in the name. Yet, considering what Nissan has done with six-cylinders in the GT-R, Aston’s desire to take a page out of history might prove successful in the grand scheme of things.
Adding straight six engines would not only help the company return to its historical roots, but it will also help them meet more stringent emissions regulations. Currently, in order to meet these regulations, Aston created a small city car based on the Toyota iQ and let’s be honest, it’s not exactly Aston Martin material.
In other Aston Martin news, Bez stated that the company would continue to use the VH platform, which currently underpins each and every one of Aston’s current vehicle lineup. He stated that the key to success for the company is the evolution of the platform, not revolution.