New 3.0-litre V6 Aston Martin’s power unit ready for debut.
Aston Martin has revealed more information on a newly designed V6 engine, which has been created initially for deployment in a new range of mid-engined sports cars, starting with the Aston Martin Valhalla. Hybrid/plug-in hybrid engine set to be most powerful in the luxury brands range, ‘Hot V’ configuration allows high-performance electrification and future emissions compliance. Codenamed TM01 – celebrating Aston Martin’s illustrious engineer of the 50s and 60s, Tadek Marek – the engine has already undergone a series of extensive testing on the dyno, as the team makes progress towards creating the luxury British brand’s first in-house designed engine since 1968.
Confirmed today as a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, the full powertrain will be electrified – an aspect that has been key to the engine’s development from day one. In parallel to the tests shown today, Aston Martin is developing a new range of hybrid systems that will ensure that the complete unit will become the most powerful in the Aston Martin range when on sale.
The final power and torque figures for each application of this the powertrain will be determined by the desired characteristics of each product it serves and confirmed at the time of launch. Following the Aston Martin Valkyrie – the brand’s first mid-engined hypercar – many key learnings have been directly applied to this project. As a result, the decision to develop the engine with a ‘hot V’ structure was clear from the start, with the configuration allowing for this compact engine to weigh less than 200kg.
Higher engine speeds, in combination with the benefits of electrification, will offer the performance characteristics of a mid-engined sports car on an extreme level. Naturally, the engine will be positioned directly behind the driver’s cabin and equipped with a dry-sump system to guarantee the lowest possible center of gravity.
The system will also deliver exceptional lubrication performance during on-limit, high-speed cornering. Despite the overt nature of this powertrain, the engine is designed to meet all future emission requirements for Euro 7.