Aston Martin Vows To Keep V12s In Its Range For As Long As Possible

Aston Martin is determined to keep building its glorious V12 engines for as long as it can.

While speaking with Top Gear at the Shanghai Auto Show, where the all-electric Rapide E was launched, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, Marek Reichman, said that the V12 is “one of the hearts” of the brand.

“It gets harder and harder to meet emissions, obviously, but I think we have the capability to keep V12 engines going within the business. We’ve just got to be very aware of the compliance and the emissions rules that will come out in the future,” Reichman said. “Part of the trick of being an engineer is understanding the potential legislation that will come your way.”

The current DB11 and DBS Superleggera are both powered by 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12s and offer superb performance. The Aston Martin family will soon get another V12-powered model in its range, the Valkyrie hypercar, which will be powered by a naturally-aspirated, 6.5-liter 12-cylinder from Cosworth with 1,000 hp, while a further 160 hp will be provided by an electric motor.

The new RB 003 and Vanquish presented at the Geneva Motor Show will slot below the Valkyrie but feature powerful twin-turbo V6s. Aston is very confident in the performance of this new powertrain, but when asked if the new Vanquish could get a V12 variant, Reichman replied “Couldn’t possibly say…” with a grin on his face.

Aston Martin isn’t the only car manufacturer committed to V12s. Lamborghini has confirmed that it shall keep building V12 engines for its future models, which will feature some form of electrification to ensure they meet emissions and fuel economy regulations.

  • Bash

    Someone have to keep the V12, I can only think of three names right now, the Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and of course Rolls Royce. Make that four I’m adding the Bentley also.

    • Exotics

      Someone has to keep the V12’s so Tesla’s can continue to embarrass them and give the sad saps driving them a 21st century sustainable spanking.

      • Bash

        ….. and you need to stop talking right now.

      • Ben

        There is always a zealot for any cause, good or bad. Either way, they’re typically petulant.

    • Ben

      Does Bentley currently have a V12? I could google it, but…lazy fingers. I think they’re only producing the W12 currently, but they used to have something like a 7.75L V12 or something uniquely labeled as that.

      • Bash

        Yeah yeah, I give you that, it slipped right through my hands. But we both know what I meant. Someone have to keep the 12 cylinders engine. Geez

        • Ben

          Well Lamborghini relatively recently said they’re keeping the V12 big lambo tradition alive. I think creating more mass sellers such as the V8 Urus and V10 Huracan allow them to slightly offset what they’re doing with the V12. Also, you didn’t mention Ferrari. Its a shame Jaguar doesn’t make their V12 anymore. Oh and don’t forget Mercedes. Granted, their V12 isn’t performance based, but an SL65 AMG is still a mighty quick vehicle. Pagani uses their V12 in a sport fashion that we all know is potent. In fact, when you think about it, there are still quite a few automakers still using the V12. I think we’re in good hands for now.

  • Jhon electron

    Aston Martin is the sh*t! I love them!

    • Exotics

      If you love them so much then let’s route the exhaust pipe inside the interior cabin of an Aston of your choice and you can take it for a drive. Windows closed, no opening them and no air conditioning. After about 10 minutes, you can tell us whether or not you still love them, that is, if you are still conscious.

      • Jhon electron

        They are ASTONishing, I f*ck*ng love them, no matter your opinion 😛

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