The Future Could Yield 1,000HP Aston Martin Hybrids
The DBX concept car was a big step for Aston Martin. It pushed Aston firmly into both the crossover game and the electric and hybrid arena. Subsequently, it has also been given the production seal of approval, and if it does come to market as an EV or hybrid… it might not be the only one. In a recent interview with the UK’s Autocar, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer expressed his interest in retaining the company’s big, powerful engines but using hybridization rather than downsizing to meet tomorrow’s efficiency needs. “I see in our future obviously V12s, V8s, and probably battery-electric cars,” noted Palmer at the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race. “I’d much rather put a hybrid in there than an in-line four-cylinder.” To that point, don’t think that an Aston Martin hybrid would chase MPGs solely over MPHs. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Aston Martin DBX Crossover
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Palmer continued, “Imagine something like a 4x4, 1000hp silent Rapide. I think ‘Power, Beauty, Soul’ doesn’t say it has to be a gasoline engine. It just needs to be really powerful, really beautiful and set your heart on fire. I’d argue that 1000hp on the ground would probably do that for you. So that’s the route we could go.”
At the close of April, Aston Martin announced it had raised £200 million ($305 million) in funding to develop new luxury models. The production version of the DBX crossover was confirmed to be one of them, but the announcement also hinted to the addition of “new model lines” altogether. Of the brand’s current vehicles, the DB9 would appear to be the next in line for replacement by the DB11, which has been spotted recently in development tests.
As it currently sits, Aston Martin offers its Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish vehicles, as well as the limited-run Vulcan track car. The Autocar report suggests this core four vehicle lineup will swell to six or seven vehicles in the not-so-distant future.
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