By Nik Berg / Hagerty.com
Aston Martin is set to ditch its in-development V-6 hybrid engine in favor of an AMG powertrain for the 2023 Valhalla supercar.
The mid-engined Ferrari SF90 Stradale competitor was due to feature the first engine developed in-house by Aston Martin since 1968. Codenamed TM01 as a tribute to Tadek Marek, who designed the company’s most famous six-cylinder engine, the three-liter V-6 motor would be supplemented by electric power and feature a “hot V” design with the turbos sat between its cylinder banks.
Announcing the company’s 2020 financial results to investors Aston Martin boss Tobias Moers, fresh from his previous gig at Mercedes-AMG, says: “We will have the Valhalla with us in the second half of 2023, and it’s going to be an amazing car with breathtaking technology. With the transformational technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz, there are other chances for us regarding combustion engines, but we still have an electrified drivetrain.”
During the announcement Moers also said that a plug-in hybrid version of the DBX crossover will be on sale by 2024, while two other DBX derivatives would come in 2021 and 2022. Mercedes-AMG has already hybridized its four-liter V-8 twin turbo in the GT 63e to deliver 710 hp. That’s over 150 hp up on the current car; judging by the GT, Aston’s efforts to fully-electrified by 2030 certainly won’t compromise the Valhalla’s performance.
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