Twin-turbocharged V8 option will be added to Aston Martin DB11 range; it's got a 3982cc V8 engine

An Aston Martin DB11 equipped with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine will be launched later this year.

The future model's engine is sourced from Mercedes-AMG and is based on the ‘hot-vee’ unit used by the AMG GT. It will produce around 525bhp, which is 75bhp less than the existing twin-turbocharged V12 DB11. Government data confirms this development car testing with a 3982cc engine; the same capacity V8 as is used in the AMG GT. 

The V8 comes as part of Aston Martin's deal with Mercedes, which involves co-operating on powertrain development. The 2018 V8 Vantage will also inherit the AMG unit.

The DB11 already features Mercedes' electronic architecture and switchgear, and the same is expected for Aston’s other future models.

Autocar understands that aside from engine development work, the DB11 test car seen here is being used alongside several other V12-engined mules to finalise chassis settings before the first production V8 DB11s are built.

Although the first mule was wearing camouflage, the exterior looks unchanged from the V12 version, suggesting both variants will be aesthetically identical.

Due to the smaller block under the bonnet, the model will be a little lighter than the 1770kg V12 model, but thanks to its lower power output, performance will trail that of the range-topping model. Pricing will also significantly undercut the V12 model, which starts at £154,900.

A key rival to the 12-cylinder DB11 is the W12 engined Bentley Continental GT. The V8 DB11 will therefore become a natural rival to the V8 Continental GT.

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17 August 2016
It could be a Jag,still feel AM need to take a different tack here.

Peter Cavellini.

17 August 2016
Love the way the dev driver pulled away at minimum revs to not give the game away that it's a V8...

17 August 2016
An AMG engine in an Aston -- NO! Crying shame, slippery slope, etc. An Aston Martin must have an Aston Martin engine. Yes, I know how the current engines were developed, and they're Aston engines. From what I know so far about the "Aston version" of the AMG V8, it is NOT an Aston engine.

17 August 2016
An AMG engine in an Aston -- NO! Crying shame, slippery slope, etc. An Aston Martin must have an Aston Martin engine. Yes, I know how the current engines were developed, and they're Aston engines. From what I know so far about the "Aston version" of the AMG V8, it is NOT an Aston engine.

20 February 2017
you didn't like the Cygnet either.

4 May 2017
Spot on

4 May 2017
Speedraser wrote:

An AMG engine in an Aston -- NO! Crying shame, slippery slope, etc. An Aston Martin must have an Aston Martin engine. Yes, I know how the current engines were developed, and they're Aston engines. From what I know so far about the "Aston version" of the AMG V8, it is NOT an Aston engine.

V12 is a Ford sourced unit.
4.3 V8 is based on the Jaguar V8.

4 May 2017
Speedraser wrote:

An AMG engine in an Aston -- NO! Crying shame, slippery slope, etc. An Aston Martin must have an Aston Martin engine. Yes, I know how the current engines were developed, and they're Aston engines. From what I know so far about the "Aston version" of the AMG V8, it is NOT an Aston engine.

V12 is a Ford sourced unit.
4.3 V8 is based on the Jaguar V8.

17 August 2016
What was the pale blue(ish) car at the end of the video? A DB11 Volante? Have we seen one of those yet? Am I behind the news?

A new Vantage Volante?

Or something completely different and known about.

17 August 2016
No, just a DB11 coupe with the black upper body option

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