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Report: Aston Martin DB9 Successor May Get Turbo V-12

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/27/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Aston Martin isn't making it easy, but we're slowly uncovering clues about the successor to the DB9. Earlier this month, we caught a Aston Martin DB9 Successor Begins to Take Shape" target="_blank">glimpse of what the sheetmetal could look like, and now, a new report claims the automaker may be testing out a turbocharged V-12 for the new model.

Report: Aston Martin DB9 Successor May Get Turbo V-12

Auto Express recently spotted a tester's interior, which featured a row of four toggle switches marked "intercooler" underneath the dashboard. This is a pretty convincing indication that Aston is thinking about forced induction. That's no surprise, considering we previously heard the model would offer a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo V-8 engine. However, Auto Express checked this prototype's registration information, which says this particular tester features a 6.0-liter V-12 engine (which is closer to 5.9 liters by actual measure). That could mean Aston Martin is contemplating bringing back the brand's ubiquitous 12-cylinder, except with the added benefit of turbocharging.

Aston Martin DB11 prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Aston Martin DB11 prototype

The Aston Martin DB9 currently features a 6.0-liter V-12 making 509 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. In the new model, turbocharging could help it deliver even more power as well as improved fuel economy. However, we've also heard Mercedes-Benz could supply Aston with a version of its twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12. As we reported previously, the successor will ride on an updated version of Aston's VH platform, which is expected to incorporate more aluminum and other lightweight materials. The model will likely wear a DB10 or DB11 badge, both of which Aston recently trademarked.

In addition to a DB9 successor, Aston Martin is also cooking up a few other ambitious models. The automaker is considering a production version of the DBX concept car, and may even build it in the U.S. When it debuted at the 2015 Geneva motor show, it featured an off-road stance as well as an all-electric drivetrain with lithium-sulfur cells. Such a vehicle would give Aston some wiggle room with its corporate average fuel economy goals, possibly sparing other models in the range from engine downsizing.

Source: Auto Express

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