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Aston Martin replacing AMG’s V8 with straight-six engine?

Back in March, Aston Martin’s chief engineer Matt Becker referred to AMG’s new straight-six 3.0-liter engine as being “something that could fit with the brand in the future.”

Few days later, the very same person shot down the possibility of using the electrified engine. You’ll find it in the CLS 53 for a future model from Gaydon.

It looks like the six-cylinder Aston Martin topic is making the headlines once again, but with an electric twist.

Autocar believes that rather than borrowing Affalterbach’s engine, AM is working on its own straight-six engine. It’s quite possibly with hybrid tech to make sure it will meet more stringent emissions regulations.

The report goes on to mention the engine-sharing part of the deal signed by Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin will only last until the latter will have a straight-six engine to call its own. In other words, AM could eventually replace the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engineered by AMG with the smaller, possibly electrified straight-six. – autocar.com

Details about the new engine are still mystery. Autocar believes it will be derived from Aston Martin’s 5.2-liter V12 and will make use of the hybrid tech. It’s unclear whether it will be a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid.

Aston Martin is actually working on a six-cylinder unit. But of the V6 type for the turbocharged and electrified Project 003 hypercar programmed to slot below the Valkyrie.

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