- Aston Martin will develop an entirely new generation of models set to arrive at dealerships in early 2016.
- A new platform architecture is under development and is likely to be the replacement for the Aston Martin DB9.
- The car, and the new models that follow it, will also benefit from the engineering partnership that Aston Martin recently established with Daimler.
LONDON — Aston Martin will develop an entirely new generation of models set to arrive at dealerships in early 2016.
A new platform architecture is under development and is likely to be the replacement for the Aston Martin DB9.
The car, and the new models that follow it, will also benefit from the engineering partnership that Aston Martin recently established with Daimler.
"We are engineering a completely new architecture and technologies to ensure that our next generation of sports cars is at the forefront of design, performance and technology," said Hanno Kirner, Aston Martin chief financial officer, in a statement. "The strategic partnership with Daimler AG will bring with it cutting-edge electrical and electronic expertise, and the shared development of world-class bespoke V8 powertrains."
Aston Martin will use modified AMG engines from the Mercedes-Benz high-performance division, along with electrical architecture.
Aston Martin will modify the AMG V8 engines to suit its own requirements, although they will be manufactured in Germany.
The new vehicle platform, which will gradually replace Aston's long-running VH architecture, is being developed in-house in the United Kingdom. There's no official word on what materials technology this platform will use, but it's likely to be a more technically up-to-date version of the current rivet-bonded modular aluminum system.
New assembly methods and contemporary advanced lightweight engineering techniques should produce a stronger and more weight-efficient structure that's better able to meet future crash regulations. Carbon fiber may be featured.
Aston Martin's new model ambitions have been compromised by the limitations of its aging VH platform, as well as the loss of access to the hardware and engineering resource of a bigger carmaker following Ford's disposal of the company. Developing a new core building block will be a challenge given its limited financial resources, but the tie-up with Daimler will undoubtedly help it to remain competitive in terms of engine development and electronics.
Edmunds says: Aston Martin badly needs the new platform and deeper engineering resources that Daimler provides. That partnership may well strengthen as time goes by.