Eargasm. That’s the one word we’d use to describe the sound of Aston Martin’s new 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine. In fact, how can mere words do justice to the heavenly roar of this masterpiece? So take a look yourself at the launch teaser for the engine:
Your jaw touched the floor yet? Now you know what we’re talking about. Aston Martin had said it would be be downsizing the 5.9-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 engine of the DB9 in the future models manufactured by the company. The DB9’s engine is being taken out of production, and it makes way for something of the turbocharged variety.
This kicks off a brand-new chapter in the British car manufacturer’s illustrious history in style. The power output is phenomenal, as you would expect from an engine that is so powerful, and so pleasing to the ears. One can expect a minimum of 600 HP, a notch up from the DB9’s already powerful engine that pumped out an output of 568 HP.
Here’s a DB11 rendering by Autocar Magazine
The brand new V12 is arriving this year, and not much has been revealed regarding it. One of the few facts that has been confirmed is that the incoming Aston Martin DB11 will be the first supercar that will be blessed with this engine. This will presumably be accompanied in the DB11 line-up by the AMG-sourced V8s. To top it off, the car is believed to roll on a newly developed chassis, which could also play a part in other future models – engineered in house, without the aid of Merc’s AMG division.
Why the jump from DB9 to DB11, you ask? What about the skipped number 10? Well, it wasn’t exactly ignored. The DB10 appeared in the recent James Bond flick, Spectre, but just 10 units of it were produced, all for the movie. So despite “skipping” a number, the DB11 is the direct successor to the DB9, which has been on sale for more than a decade. This move is similar to the move from DB7 to DB9, in order to reflect the substantial changes between the two models.
Lose 0.7-litres, keep the two cylinders and fit two turbos. Behold, “downsizing” – the Aston Martin way. Now this is the kind of downsizing we can get behind!