Aston Martin has announced the V12 engine and manual transmission will still be offered on future production cars.

Aston Martin has announced the V12 engine and manual transmission will still be offered on future production cars.

You probably know Aston Martin has signed a partnership with Mercedes-AMG to use a twin-turbo V8 engine on future models but that doesn't mean the V12 will be phased out. On the contrary, it will be "completely renewed" according to company CEO Andy Palmer who said that it has to be thoroughly revised in order to meet more stringent emission requirements. The improved V12 engine won't have anything to do with AMG's twelve cylinder as the collaboration between the two parties is limited to the smaller V8.

The first new Aston Martin to come out will be a replacement for the DB9 expected to come out in approximately 18 months from now with a design influenced by the DB10 concept set to feature in the 24th James Bond movie called SPECTRE. It won't be the result of the AM - AMG partnership which means it will likely use the overhauled V12 rather than the twin-turbo V8. Speaking of the turbocharged mill, it will be installed in a production Aston Martin roughly two years from now.

Palmer says future Astons will remain driver-focused and are going to be offered with a manual gearbox. He also expressed his desire of turning the Lagonda moniker into a sub-brand which will include more than just one model as a method to help boost Aston's annual production from the current 4,000 units to about 7,000 cars. These future cars won't get an engine smaller than a V8, but Palmer admits the downsizing trend will eventually become a reality, along with hybridization.

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