Aston Martin's second mid-engine supercar might get a V6

30 August, 2017, 02:02 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Improved pre-tax profits for Aston Martin

Thanks mainly to the DB11, which allows Aston Martin to increase sales volume by 67% (to 2,439 units) in the first half of the year. Such a move is quickly becoming necessary for low-volume manufacturers of high-performance cars as they look to offer more performance to consumers while adhering to increasingly strict fuel economy and emissions standards.

"We will be 100 percent hybrid by the middle of the 2020s", Palmer stated to Financial Times. That will be followed in 2019 by the DBX crossover and a purely electric version of the Rapide sedan.

First-half revenues have nearly doubled at luxury vehicle maker Aston Martin, driven by demand for its DB11 model.

Palmer also told the FT that Aston Martin would buy in battery cells, but that its EV powertrains would be designed and built in-house.

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One of the first mass-market hybrids from Aston Martin will be its DBX SUV. These will be limited-edition models, however.

While some new Aston Martin cars are set to receive Mercedes-AMG produced 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engines as a result of the technology partnership between Aston and Daimler, Palmer suggested that the firm's electric powertrain would be developed in house. Now also appears to be a good time to be a British vehicle maker looking to expand an EV lineup; the United Kingdom government has been helping several firms with grants to encourage low-carbon technologies.

In other Aston Martin news, the Financial Times reports that Aston Martin's mid-engine supercar due in 2020 will likely feature a V-6.

Rather, it would provide better packaging options, and not to mention certain markets - China, for instance - heavily tax cars based on engine displacement.

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