Video: Aston Martin Could Deprive Valhalla Hypercar Of Its Own V6 For Mercedes-AMG Engine
The hypercar Aston Martin Valhall can be equipped with a Mercedes-Benz power unit instead of an engine developed in-house. The head of the company, Tobias Moers, hinted at this in an interview with Automotive News.
Access to hybrid and electric technology from Stuttgart has forced the British to rethink their development strategy. Electrified models may appear in the Aston Martin lineup. Previously, the company did not produce such cars. Within four years, according to Moers, the share of Aston Martin with an electric "makeweight" should be up to 20% of the company's sales, and the total number of cars sold will grow to 10 thousand - that is, approximately doubled compared to 2019.
- A hybrid modification will appear, for example, in the Aston Martin DBX crossover - it will be launched on the market by 2023. And three years later, the British plan to launch sales of a full-fledged electric car, which will be based on the corresponding architecture of the Mercedes-Benz company.
- Aston Martin is also thinking about abandoning its own turbocharged V6, which was introduced in March and became the first engine since 1968 developed by the company independently. Around this three-liter engine, it was planned to build a hybrid power plant for the Valhall supercar - this project the company was going to complete by 2022. Now, however, Aston Martin has, according to Moers, a chance to reimagine the hypercar by using a Mercedes-AMG engine.
To borrow Mercedes-Benz technology from the British company, the terms of a new deal allow Aston Martin to transfer part of its shares to Stuttgart in exchange for German developments.