Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Aston Martin | posted June 23, 2016 07:53
Aston Martin commences full-production of new V12 in Germany
The Gaydon-based automaker has just commenced full-production of its latest powertrain which was first installed on the company's new flagship car, the DB11.
Last June 21, 2016, the Aston Martin Engine Plant (AMEP) in Cologne, Germany shifted into high gear in rolling out the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12. Each engine will be hand-built by one assembly technician, following the engine's progress from start to finish. Moreover, Aston Martin said that it will take about 8 hours for one engine to fully assembled. AMEP has an engine production output of 8,000 units per year.
After completion, each engine will then undergo stringent hot and cold testing within the AMEP facility. When it passes the tests, the engine will then be approved to be sent to Aston Martin headquarter in Gaydon, United Kingdom.
“To see this new engine go into full production at AMEP makes me very proud. Designing and developing the 5.2L twin-turbo power plant has been an all-consuming passion for me and my team. Knowing that the end result would be built with meticulous care in a truly state-of-the-art facility such as AMEP was an added motivation. It’s a hugely exciting time to be an engineer at Aston Martin, not least because this is just the beginning for the new twin-turbo V12,” said Brian Fitzsimons, Aston Martin chief engineer, powertrain.
As a review, the new turbocharged V12 is the company's most powerful production engine to date. It is capable of producing 608 PS and 700 Nm of torque. When fitted in the DB11, it allows the car to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of more than 320 km/h.
On the other hand, the AMEP facility first opened in 2004. It is described as a state-of-the-art facility that builds all of Aston Martin's powerplants (aside from the upcoming 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 sourced from AMG). In addition, it employs over 100 highly-trained employees.
“AMEP is one of our great success stories and one of the jewels in the Aston Martin crown. To have the ability to design and then manufacture our own high-performance engines in-house is something very special. It gives us ultimate control of quality and that all-important character for which Aston Martin cars are renowned. I have no doubts that our new twin-turbo V12 is the start of an even greater era of success,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.
Even with the introduction of the new twin-turbo V12, AMEP will still manufacture the current 6.0-liter V12 and 4.7-liter V8 engines.