Aston Martin Considering Vantage With Mercedes Inline-Six

Aston Martin has revealed that it could launch an entry-level version of the Vantage with an inline-six from Mercedes-Benz.

The new Vantage is currently sold exclusively with AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Speaking with Wheels during the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin chief engineer Matt Becker said the inline-six of the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is being considered as an addition to the range.

“With emissions regulations going where they’re going and getting harder and harder, we have to consider all powertrain options, and we are considering six-cylinders for the future.

“Previous Astons have had six cylinders – a long time ago – but I think with CLS 53 (below), the engine that has is a very complicated and clever engine and it’s something that could fit with the brand in the future.”

Mercedes has tuned its inline-six to deliver 435 hp and 520 Nm in the CLS 53. Rather than messing with these peak figures, Aston Martin would likely play around with other elements to ensure the engine is fitting of the Vantage.

“Mercedes develop those [figures] to a point that we have to adhere to. Ours is more about the calibration of throttle travel relative to acceleration, and calibration of the engine to suit our mass and gear ratios – all of that has to be tuned.

“For example, the AMG GT uses a seven-speed double clutch while we’ve got a ZF eight-speed auto, but our ratios are different to their ratios, so the engine calibration has to change accordingly,” Becker said.

Becker failed to provide a possible timeline as to when the six-cylinder may come to the Vantage range. However, he did say that the Vantage’s engine bay can also support a V12

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  • Six_Tymes

    Not a bad idea, if you consider by the time this would be released, it might be in a new body and chassis, with lighter weight.

    • Matt

      No it won’t, do you remember how long the V8 Vantage was built for? The inline-six will go into this chassis.

      The replacement for this car is still at least 10 years away!

      • That’s the old Aston, now they had a very clear replacement plant, I wouldn’t surprised by 2025 we will get new Vantage.

        • Matt

          That completely depends on their financial situation and how the luxury car market looks in the next 5-10 years.

          Plenty of manufacturers put together model plans that don’t actually pan out. Alfa Romeo and Lotus for example.

          Having Mercedes as a technical partner will no doubt help them adapt to changing technologies and the EV push though.

          • The fact that AML has their first profit in decade is a good sign, their sales is increasing and stable and did not rely on European market that much.

            Alfa Romeo is still on the first phase of their plan, the Giulia sales is not what they expect because of strong competition in very competitive market and also the fact that I heard US Chyrsler dealers aren’t too excited selling foreign cars in their lots.

            Lotus is failed because of the lack of money that Proton (DRB HICOM) willing to give, they didn’t understand that sports car market need to be in loss during development period like that. And also Bahar era Lotus alienated the fanbase and even the supporters, I remember that Lotus deliberately cancel dealerships with some famous dealers in UK as part of “reorganization” and it makes a lot of Lotus fan get angry.

      • Six_Tymes

        “at least 10 years away” is that fact? puuulease…

        • Matt

          Look at Aston’s history… their vehicles have life-cycles almost twice as long (or longer) as other manufacturers. They would need to be extremely financially sound to contemplate investing vast amounts of money redesigning the Vantage so soon.

          The V8 Vantage and DB9 were in production for over 12 years…

          • Look at Aston’s history… At that time they don’t have sizeable income and the fact that their owners are independent owners with not much of a money. And you really need to look for Aston century plan beyond the models, they specifically mentions the on how they would increase revenue. In fact AML might launched IPO to add their investment.

            And even Lamborghini that was owned by Audi keep Gallardo and Murcielago for almost a decade. Previously cars like Countach or Pantera can go for 30 years.

            I think that car development has become too fast recently, with new model every 5 years. It’s mot necessarily a bad thing but sometimes I just feel that it’s too fast.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Would be sublime!!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Would be a nice fuel efficient addition to the lineup

  • Eduardo Palandi

    “Previous Astons have had six cylinders – a long time ago – but I think with CLS 53 (below), the engine that has is a very complicated and clever engine and it’s something that could fit with the brand in the future.”

    not so long time ago, Sir. as recent as 1999, AM were selling the DB7 with a supercharged straight-6 sourced from Jaguar…

    • Almost 20 years though, I know many self confessed petrolheads who had no idea DB7 originally comes with straight six engine.

      But in terms of more glamour, they could remind us of Tadek Marek straight six on pre DB6 and DBS.

  • Merc1

    Of course they will. It only makes sense. 430hp Vantage I6 coming up.

    M

    • Ermal Morina

      Probably it will be tuned to have around 470Hp

      • Merc1

        That would be too close the V8 model. The V8 Vantage would need a power upgrade if that is the case.

        M

  • Gadgety

    A great idea, that I was hoping for the minute I heard Mercedes was going straight six, a true entry level Aston.

  • BarryFastCars

    I was hoping for an in-line 6 for the lineup. I thought that the 5.2L V12 would have been a modular design. This would have created a 2.6L inline 6 with two turbos. I was thinking 400hp. This 3.0L is such a sweet motor though. With the EQ boost electric turbo it’s a great marketing option too. I wish F1 had an in-line 6 option.

  • David Lee

    An inline-6 Aston? Why not. As long as they price it accordingly, I see no problem with this.

  • LeStori

    In many countries the speed limits are so low and the speed cameras breeding like rabbits that high performance cars are either driven like litte old lady specials or your licencce is quickely removed from your possession.
    The highest speed you can travel where I live, without threat of loosing your licence, is 113 kph. Less than 71 mph. You could readily loose your license in a 1963 850 Mini let alone an Aston Martin with a stomping V8. A 6 in these circumstances might actually be sort of fun to drive. A manual one would make even more sense. Wave your foot near the accelerator of most auto performance cars and bang goes your licence. This is the reason I was disapointed with the auto only Jaguar F-type 2.0 . A manual one would have actually been fun. The auto only made it the poor man’s special.

  • Bash

    Do they still own a 5% shares of Mercedes?

    • You mean Daimler own Aston shares?

      • Bash

        I’m not sure who owns that 5 % but I know that Aston Martin can use that much from Benz technology, which is abvious since they have now that same command center controller pad.

        • It’s actually Daimler that owns 5% but Andy Palmer has make it clear that AML will remained independent and that AML is open up with technology share with anyone, as the RapidE was collaborated with Williams and LeEco before their owner financial trouble.

  • It’s actually very clever idea, they could make Vantage lightweight entry level and make a good “tax breaking” car in country like China or Italy.

    And my guess is V12 Vantage is for certain, but might come during the car mid life cycles.

    • LWOAP

      And it most definitely will come from Mercedes considering they already provided Aston with a V8.

      • Matt

        Or most likely it will be the Aston Martin-developed V12 from the DB11.

        • DB11 V12 is improved Ford based unit that is produced in Germany, at first people thought that Ford wouldn’t extend the contracts but turn out DB11 is still powered by them. But I think the engine days are numbered. Ford didn’t use it in any of their cars and they don’t make a lot of profit on it.

          So yeah with dwindling V12 engine builder, my bet is AMG V12. Especially Tobias Moers has said that AMG will always produced V12 because customer demands it.

  • LWOAP

    Why not? It will definitely be more appealing as an entry level model.

  • DR.FUNK

    Nah.
    Just go full electric.
    Don’t waste a cutting edge design on fossil tech.

  • Anthony James

    Apparently the next i4 A45 AMG will have figures not far off this…would do wonders for their corporate emissions and with the weight saving probably be more dynamic/ just as quick

  • Charles Chin

    Yes if AM can keep it under 1500KG that would be ‘lively’.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I want it yesterday. Take my money!

  • Infinite1

    It’s a good idea to me

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