Aston Martin will use the V-12 engine until 2026

Aston Martin will use the V-12 engine until 2026

Given that less than 50,000 12-cylinder cars are produced worldwide each year (counting Bentley and Audi’s W-12 versions), the question of which automaker will be the last to make a V-12 engine may seem insignificant.

Here are the major highlights:

  • It’ll be featured alongside the replacements for the DB11 and DBS in the future V12 Vantage.
  • The Company reported Aston Martin would produce the V-12 engine for the next five years.
  • The DBX SUV and the future mid-engined Vanquish and Valhalla supercars will not have a V-12.


Aston Martin will use the V-12 engine until 2026

The fate of this aristocratic cylinder design is one we are genuinely interested in, given the number of notable cars that have used V-12s.

Aston Martin has now stated that it will continue to sell the V-12 until European pollution regulations force it to stop. This suggests that it will last another five years, until 2026 or 2027.

This is odd, given that the DBX707 will have a reworked version of the twin-turbocharged AMG 4.0-liter V-8 with 697 horsepower, which is nearly as much as the range-topping DBS’s twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 with 715 horsepower.

Aston Martin will use the V-12 engine until 2026

However, Tobias Moers, CEO of Aston Martin, believes it is nonsensical to use the new engine to replace the V-12 in present applications. “We won’t do that,” he said at the online unveiling of the DBX707, “the V-12 still has a bit of potential, and having the V12 Vantage indicates there is still room for a V-12 in our sports car generation.”

The new V12 Vantage will be unveiled later this year and will use much of the front structure developed for Aston Martin’s V12 Speedster the previous year.

The V-12 will also likely be retained in the cars that will replace the current DB11 and DBS, who claim that they will have the same core structure as the present versions.

However, according to Moers, the V-12 will not be installed in the DBX.

“In 2026-2027, all of these V-12s will reach the end of their life cycle.” That era coincides with the expected introduction of ultra-strict combustion laws in Europe, including real-time emissions reporting. “We’re not going to re-engineer the V-12 for that.”

Aston Martin will use the V-12 engine until 2026

Others in the selected group of V-12 engine makers have already declared that they want to discontinue producing their engines sooner rather than later.

BMW sells a limited number of Final Edition M760Li sedans to mark the engine’s retirement.

However, while the V-12 from Aston Martin is projected to last longer than others, it is unlikely that it will be the final: The Aventador replacement will be powered by a hybridized naturally aspirated V-12 engine that will endure until the 2030s, according to Lamborghini.

Moers also said that the V-12 would not be used in Aston’s mid-engined supercars, the Vanquish and Valhalla, instead opting for a V-8 based on the AMG GT Black Series flat-plane-crank V-8.

A British company will handcraft this in the United Kingdom. He also indicated that the hybridized powertrain would be offered in two- and three-motor models.

The latter had two torque-vectoring electric motors on the front axle, akin to the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

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