Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Aston Martin May Still Get AMG V12 Engine and Technology

Aston Martin May Still Get AMG V12 Engine and Technology
Rumors have been flying about that Aston Martin may enter a technical partnership with Mercedes-Benz in-house tuners and engine builders AMG. Up until now, it had just been speculated and suggested, but now, things may just get serious, as Italian company Investindustrial is now in control of the famed British brand.

At the 2013 North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed that he was, in fact, open to the idea of collaborating with Aston, according to autocar.co.uk. Zetche said that no official talks had yet been started, but "Aston Martin is a great brand” and “Dr Ulrich Bez [Aston's CEO] is doing a great job with them.” - this does mean they are interested.

He goes on to say that "if a company that sells a few thousand vehicles wants to talk then we might do that, I am open to it. But it must not distract from our core business."

So we`ll leave at that until we get more official news, but if the deal does go through, then we shall finally wave goodbye to the old six-liter V12 engine, which is, at its core, and in a rudimentary way of explaining it, made up of two Mondeo ST 3.0-liter V6 engines bolted together, and it has been around for far too long.

AMG would inject some much-needed fresh technology into Aston Martin, a brand highly-reliant on their history, pedigree and image, and less on the actual technical prowess of their cars. Make no mistake about it, Aston Martins are highly-advanced cars, but they aren`t and have not been for a while among the very best.

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