Aston's All-New V6 Glows Fiery Red, Ready For Valhalla
The engine is codenamed TM01, for Tadek Marek the former designer at Aston Martin.
Aston Martin today gave us a taste of its latest mighty little powerplant. An all-new 3.0L V6 that’s going to power the automaker’s new range of mid-engine sportscars starting in just a couple of years. And even better than that new information is Aston giving us a taste of the noise this engine can make.
It’s a 3.0L V6 fitted with a pair of turbochargers mounted inside the vee of the engine. That “Hot-Vee” configuration has been seen on numerous performance engines lately, including those from Cadillac and Mercedes-AMG, and it puts the impeller of the turbo right on top of the exhaust valves of the engine so that it can spool up more quickly and work more efficiently and responsively to add boost to the engine.
Putting the turbos there also makes the exhaust manifolds lighter, since most of it is built into the cylinder heads. Aston says that the configuration has helped them to keep the engine under 200 kg and it’s made it more compact.
Aston Martin says it will turn high engine speeds, that will combine with a new hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain to “offer the performance characteristics of a mid-engined sportscar on an extreme level.” The engine will be directly behind the driver to give it the most mid-engined fury possible, and it will have dry-sump oiling to make sure it can maintain performance and reliability during high-speed cornering.
The engine is codenamed TM01, for Tadek Marek the former designer at Aston Martin who was responsible for the three legendary Aston engines. That resume includes the inline-six that was the trademark of the brand for decades.
Naming this engine after that engineer is significant because this is the first in-house designed engine for Aston since the V8 Marek designed in 1968.
“This project has been a great challenge from the start. Putting a team together to deliver what is going to be the future power of Aston Martin has been an honour,” said Powertrain Chief Engineer Joerg Ross. “From the very beginning, we have had the freedom to explore and innovate in a way that we have not been able to do so in a very long time. Most importantly, we wanted to create something that is befitting of the TM01 nameplate and create something that would have impressed our predecessor and pioneering engineer, Tadek Marek.”
It sounds, well, a bit quiet, really. But we know Aston better than that. Expect this little engine to make a great noise and make big power once we learn more about the upcoming Valhalla.