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Looks like Aston Martin has changed its mind about the V12. While the automaker was ready to send its twelve-cylinder engine to the crusher forever, it has changed course and instead revealed an updated engine that will debut on the successor to the DBS. That model, which is expected to revive the Vanquish badge, will deliver over 800 hp from this engine, and the powertrain is expected to make its way into "exclusive and limited availability models" from the brand later on.


The engine made its initial appearance in a teaser video titled "Dawn of a new V12 era." Aston revealed quite a few details about the overhauled twin-turbo V12, including that it will be capable of producing 824 hp and roughly 737 lb-ft of torque. That's a vast improvement from the 760 hp and 664 lb-ft produced by the existing V12 found in the DBS 770 Ultimate. The automaker also gave us a preview of the engine note, and it sounds like it won't disappoint.


What's more, the end of the video served as a huge nod to the name of the DBS successor, with the words "all will be vanquished" all but confirming that Aston Martin is about to dust off the old Vanquish moniker. The name has already been used for two flagship sports cars in the past, and was almost revived for a new mid-engined supercar that eventually got cancelled.


As for what Aston actually did to improve the twelve-cylinder engine, the brand's engineers "refined every stage of the internal combustion process" through hardware improvements such as strengthened cylinder blocks and conrods, redesigned cylinder heads with changes to camshaft profiling, relocated spark plugs, fuel injectors with higher flowrates, and new intake and exhaust ports. The twin turbochargers have also been replaced by new higher-speed, reduced-inertia units.



Aston Martin has confirmed that the DBS successor will launch later in 2024, but didn't specify exactly when that would be. Rumors suggest that a debut will happen this August during Monterey Car Week in California. Beyond that, the automaker also told us to expect the new V12 to appear in future limited-production models.


Image Credits: Aston Martin
Future Cars
May 18, 2024
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Rejoice! Aston Martin's Twin-Turbo V12 Isn't Dead, Updated Version Makes 824 HP

The engine will debut on the heavily-updated DBS, expected to carry the Vanquish name.

Looks like Aston Martin has changed its mind about the V12. While the automaker was ready to send its twelve-cylinder engine to the crusher forever, it has changed course and instead revealed an updated engine that will debut on the successor to the DBS. That model, which is expected to revive the Vanquish badge, will deliver over 800 hp from this engine, and the powertrain is expected to make its way into "exclusive and limited availability models" from the brand later on.


The engine made its initial appearance in a teaser video titled "Dawn of a new V12 era." Aston revealed quite a few details about the overhauled twin-turbo V12, including that it will be capable of producing 824 hp and roughly 737 lb-ft of torque. That's a vast improvement from the 760 hp and 664 lb-ft produced by the existing V12 found in the DBS 770 Ultimate. The automaker also gave us a preview of the engine note, and it sounds like it won't disappoint.


What's more, the end of the video served as a huge nod to the name of the DBS successor, with the words "all will be vanquished" all but confirming that Aston Martin is about to dust off the old Vanquish moniker. The name has already been used for two flagship sports cars in the past, and was almost revived for a new mid-engined supercar that eventually got cancelled.


As for what Aston actually did to improve the twelve-cylinder engine, the brand's engineers "refined every stage of the internal combustion process" through hardware improvements such as strengthened cylinder blocks and conrods, redesigned cylinder heads with changes to camshaft profiling, relocated spark plugs, fuel injectors with higher flowrates, and new intake and exhaust ports. The twin turbochargers have also been replaced by new higher-speed, reduced-inertia units.



Aston Martin has confirmed that the DBS successor will launch later in 2024, but didn't specify exactly when that would be. Rumors suggest that a debut will happen this August during Monterey Car Week in California. Beyond that, the automaker also told us to expect the new V12 to appear in future limited-production models.


Image Credits: Aston Martin

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