Aston Martin unleashes next-generation V6 engine

Published: 24 March 2020

► New Aston Martin 'TM01' engine
► Will be a part of future hybrid supercars
► In-house engine will be used in Valhalla

Aston Martin is claiming a new era of the V6 engine is upon us, as the brand releases the first details of its all-new, in-house powerplant.

The fresh-out-of-the-box engine will be used in the Valhalla supercar, expected to be released in 2022, and is planned to be rolled out to future models like the next-generation Vanquish.

It’s been codenamed ‘TM01’after Tadek Marek, the Polish engineer that developed, among others, the straight-six that was used in the DB series of cars from the DBR2 to the 1967 DBS (including the gorgeous DB5), along with the V8 that saw service after that period.

Aston says the hot-vee configuration has allowed TM01 to come in at under 200kg. The brand has had Euro7 emissions compliance in mind, too, and the engine is designed to be part of a hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Aston TM01 engine

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Given that the engine is to be electrified, Aston hasn’t released any performance specifications yet as they will depend on the configuration, but V6 engines alone can be tuned to feature more than 500bhp out of the factory (like Alfa’s 2.9-litre V6 in the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio), and that’s before electrification.

Aston boss, Andy Palmer, called developing in-house powertrains ‘a tall order’, but added that ‘this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do, and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising.’

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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