In December 2013, Aston Martin signed a partnership with Mercedes-AMG, the sports branch of the Daimler group. They planned the supply of the electric and electronic components, but also of AMG engines. At the Nürburgring, our spies recently discovered the first fruits of this partnership in the guise of an Aston Martin prototype which was hiding its insides under a Vantage body.
According to our spies, seeing the size of this Aston, this phony looking Vantage prototype was in fact testing the next generation of platform. Called VH, it would of course be modular and should thus be shared by the future DB9 and V8 Vantage. That’s of course good news when you know that the Gaydon manufacturer has been using the same aluminium platform for all its models since...1999.
That said, our photographers weren’t fooled. With their fine hearing, they also guessed that the engine that was howling around the legendary circuit wasn’t the one from the Vantage V8 or even less the V12. According to them, it was the V8 twin-turbo 4-litre cylinder engine that produces 462 to 510 horsepower under the hood of the C63 AMG sedan and also for the recent AMG-GT.
The first Aston Martin to benefit from these innovations should normally be the next generation of DB9 awaited in 2016. According to several sources, the introduction of these novelties should also be accompanied by a revolution in the design, as much for the exterior as the interior. The Vantage V8, for its part, won’t be updated before 2017. Patience...
And you, what are you expecting from these future Aston Martins?