Aston Martin Reveals Its New V6 Turbo, for Valhalla and Beyond

Automotive News 5 March 24, 2020 by

Aston Martin has today revealed the turbocharged V6 that will power not only its Valhalla supercar, but the whole Aston Martin range in future.

The new engine is part of a strategy from Aston to reduce its emissions. It’s already noted that the V12 era is at its end, and the V8 AMG won’t cut it for future plans. That means a new powertrain, and a first in-house designed Aston Martin engine since 1968’s V8.

It comes in the form of a three-liter, turbocharged V6. The turbos — one for each bank — will sit between the two halves of the V, in what’s known as a Hot V configuration due to the turbo’s proximity to the exhaust ports.

Aston hasn’t confirmed any power or torque specifications for the engine, which it calls “TM01” in homage to Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek who designed the company’s last in-house engines. That’s because the combustion engine is only half of the picture.

All of the brand’s cars using the TM01 will also have some form of electric propulsion, with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions available. Full powertrain figures will depend on the application; the Valhalla is somewhere in the region of 1,000hp, but a potential hybrid V6 DBX won’t need even half that.

Despite the lofty power, which Aston Martin says will be the most powerful in the range, the TM01 is also fully emissions compliant with the new Euro 7 standards, due to come into force around 2025.

Aston Martin’s president and CEO, Andy Palmer, said:

“Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have 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.”

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