The British premium sports car maker has just started the production of the twin-turbo V12 engine, a unit ready to be fitted in the new DB11 super-GT.
The 5.2-litre V12 is the first ever turbocharged engine developed by Aston Martin and it was designed to initially power the brand’s latest creation, the new DB11. Aston Engine Plant in Cologne, Germany, has just produced this week the first unit that was signed off by CEO Andy Palmer. The company’s head told Autoexpress the facility is able to make more than 130 engines each week, with a goal of building 7,000 new cars per year in Gaydon – UK – over the next few years, for the maximum output rate of 14,000 units to be hit by 2020.
The twin-turbo V12 helps the new 2+2 GT to become the most powerful DB model produced until now, as it is capable of delivering 600 horsepower (608 PS) at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 516 pound-feet (700 Newton meters). “To have the ability to design and then manufacture our own high-performance engines in-house is something very special,” Palmer said. “I have no doubts that our new twin-turbo V12 is the start of an even greater era of success.”
The DB11 is part of the assault strategy planned by Aston Martin to push the company to further growth and to help it return to profitability. The 5.2-litre V12 will also find a home under the hood of 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish, to be launched later on in the DBX crossover, which will be built at the brand’s new site in St Athan, Wales.