Aston Martin is entering a new dawn as it finally revealed its new V6 engine that will be joining its lineup. Unlike the V8 and V12 though, this V6 is truly an Aston Martin original.
The British sports car maker has been outsourcing engines from other manufacturers for quite some time now, with the most recent being Mercedes-AMG. The twin-turbo V8s and V12s powering the DB11, Vantage, DBX, and other models are all built by AMG.
Codenamed the TM01 after famed Aston engineer Tadek Marek, the V6 is the brand’s first in-house designed engine since 1968. It is set to power a new range of mid-engine sports cars for Aston Martin starting with the Valhalla in 2022.
“Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team has risen to the challenge. Moving forward, this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising,” said Andy Palmer, president, and CEO of Aston Martin
Aston Martin says that it will be a 3.0-liter V6 and will feature its in-house developed hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems. The engine itself has been designed with a “Hot V” layout, where the exhaust manifolds are positioned inside and the intake on the outside. The turbos will also “live” in between the cylinder banks to reduce piping and lag.
As the engine will be positioned directly behind the driver’s cabin, a dry-sump has been fitted, ensuring the lowest possible center of gravity. Furthermore, the compact configuration allows the engine to weigh less than 200kg. Interestingly, the British marque claims that the engine is “designed to meet all future emission requirements for Euro 7”.
Aston Martin has not disclosed power figures of the TM01, just yet. They also add that depending on the application, power output could be different. However, do expect impressive numbers, especially since it will be powering the brand’s upcoming Valhalla mid-engine hypercar.