Aston Martin Opting For V6 In New Mid-Engined Sports Car

Aston Martin Opting For V6 In New Mid Engined Sports Car

Aston Martin Opting For V6 In New Mid Engined Sports Car

Aston Martin now does not have either hybrid or fully electric cars.

Understandably, its time frame isn't as short as Volvo's, with CEO Andy Palmer pointing to a mid-2020s date.

"We will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s", Palmer said in the interview. Electric motors are great for low-end torque, for example.

Aston plans on developing its own hybrid system, rather than borrowing one from technology partner Mercedes-Benz. Palmer likened EVs to Aston Martin's V12, calling them a "core technology" that needs to be kept inside the company.

The first Aston Martin EV is already under development - an all-electric version of the Rapide called the RapidE will launch in 2019. With battery technology having progressed since the concept was first shown in 2015, it may have a bit more range on offer than 200 miles, but should have about the same power output. There's also the hybrid Valkyrie hypercar in the works, an F1 auto for the road that's being designed by Aston Martin in conjunction with Red Bull Racing's Adrian Newey.

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Aston Martin is the latest auto maker to announce it's going to move to an all-hybrid lineup.

We certainly hope this doesn't mean that Aston is set to retire the V12 engine, a hybrid V12 we could live with, no V12 at all would upset Aston purists.

Aston Martin's plan is similar to that of Ferrari, which has also said all of its road cars from 2019 onward will be hybrids.

Aston Martin's announcement is significant because it's a high-end luxury performance auto maker, however, whose target demographic is precisely motoring enthusiasts.

Across the first half of 2017, global wholesale volumes for Aston Martin increased by 67% to 2,439 vehicles.

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