Times are changing at Aston Martin. With a recent infusion of funds from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, the production of the DBX SUV, and the final development of the Valkyrie hypercar, it is a busy time for the company amidst Brexit, the covid-19 epidemic and a looming recession. But Aston Martin is continuing to change with the unveil of their new 3.0L hybrid V6 powerplant; the first in-house designed engine since 1968.
It will be powering the upcoming Aston Martin Valhalla mid-engine sportscar from 2022. Aston does not say how much power the new engine will produce but that it will be their most powerful powertrain in the model lineup. That’s a tall order as the upcoming Valkyrie will be producing 1,160 hp from its V12 hybrid powertrain.
The new 3.0L V6, codenamed TM01, will utilize a “hot V” turbocharged configuration just like current Mercedes-Benz and BMW V8 engines where the turbocharges sit in between the V banks of the engine. Aston Martin says that the new engine will be offered as both a traditional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Minus the electric part of the powertrain, the V6 will weigh less than 200 kg (440 lbs) and will meet Euro 7 emission requirements.
“Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have risen to the challenge.” Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer said. “Moving forward, this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising.”