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RE: Is this a turbocharged Aston Vantage?

RE: Is this a turbocharged Aston Vantage?

Thursday 29th March 2012

Is this a turbocharged Aston Vantage?

PH's very own spy video seems to offer a tantalising turbo whistle - or are we imagining it?



PistonHeads has got its hands on this footage of an Aston Martin Vantage apparently giving off a turbo-esque whistle.

Our man at the 'ring, Dale Lomas, took this rather intriguing footage from the trackside during an 'Industry Pool testing day.

Listen carefully as the car clears the final apex and you might be able to make out what sounds like turbo boost pressure being released. And despite the V12 Vantage bodywork, is it us, or does that sound like a V8?

To be perfectly honest, we have no idea. But we do know that, what with the pressure on downsizing currently infecting motoring at every level, we wouldn't be at all surprised if the folks at Gaydon were at least toying with the idea of an emissions-friendly forced-induction V8 to replace the company's venerable V12.

So what do you think? Are we imagining it, or is there some sort of clandestine turbocharging going on at Aston?

 

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adz13091982

Original Poster:

170 posts

76 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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If the Green's get their way it will be a 1.4 supercharged and turbocharged, engine cutting out at the lights affair frown

steve_n

116 posts

110 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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I say no turbo.

Sounds more like tyre roar audible when the car is off throttle.

I also think it's a V12.

matthias73

2,401 posts

58 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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adz13091982 said:
If the Green's get their way it will be a 1.4 supercharged and turbocharged, engine cutting out at the lights affair frown
1 litre with 12 turbochargers and a supercharger, 15 gears and a dog/pedestrian friendly bumper wink

MonkeyMatt

5,606 posts

115 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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I hope its supercharged! Always thought that a Supercharged V8 would be a better engine than the V12

LewisR

594 posts

123 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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matthias73 said:
adz13091982 said:
If the Green's get their way it will be a 1.4 supercharged and turbocharged, engine cutting out at the lights affair frown
1 litre with 12 turbochargers and a supercharger, 15 gears and a dog/pedestrian friendly bumper wink
Lego motor with 2 C cell batteries
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paulrussell

1,415 posts

69 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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It sounds like a V8, but I couldn't hear the whistle over the tyre roar.


edit: I've just looked up Aston Martin V8 and V12 exhaust on youtube and I'm even more sure that it's a V8.

Edited by paulrussell on Thursday 29th March 13:32

MagicalTrevor

5,958 posts

137 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Ah! So Dale is 'our man', I thought it was Harris! irked

RichTBiscuit

403 posts

59 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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wink

Dr G

12,354 posts

150 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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MagicalTrevor said:
Ah! So Dale is 'our man', I thought it was Harris! irked
The repeat use of this term is becoming somewhat irritating.

It can go on the list with BMW remaps, MX5, oxo tower etc.

MyCC

336 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Definitely a V8 and definitely turbo whistle. Interesting.

Regards,

My CC.

MagicalTrevor

5,958 posts

137 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Dr G said:
The repeat use of this term is becoming somewhat irritating.

It can go on the list with BMW remaps, MX5, oxo tower etc.
So glad I'm not the only one!

williamp

14,502 posts

181 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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I cant hear Turbocharging at all.

If it is a forced induction, it wont be the first. They were very fond of them in he mid 90s, using a supercharger on both the DB7 and Vantage.

In the ealry 80s, Aston had the Bulldog prototype which was Turbocharged, as well as a prototype Lagonda.

Before then there have been various attempts of private owners to use forced induction: some DB2/4 were retro-fitted with them, and even some pre-war cars. The first was the "AM-Halford" special from 1924 (believed to be the first Turbocharged racing car)

PaulMoor

2,846 posts

71 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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LewisR said:
matthias73 said:
adz13091982 said:
If the Green's get their way it will be a 1.4 supercharged and turbocharged, engine cutting out at the lights affair frown
1 litre with 12 turbochargers and a supercharger, 15 gears and a dog/pedestrian friendly bumper wink
Lego motor with 2 C cell batteries
Pedals and a compost bin in the boot.

willisit

1,923 posts

139 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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It's been discussed elsewhere but I don't think either the V8, nor the V12 as they stand are suitable for factory turbo or supercharging (ie, it's doable, obviously but to get it through regs and on the road reliably is another thing entirely).

I didn't hear a turbo whistle in that clip - it's too short and muffled.

Skater12

486 posts

66 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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V8 for certain.
Not 100% on the turbo though.
There's a slight high pitched whine, but that could be a mulitude of things.
If it were a supercharger ther'd be a more distintive whine as the pressuire builds under acceleration.

scholesy

143 posts

70 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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No that is not turbocharged, that whistle is so slight, could be one of many things, even as slight as the alternator charging! You would also hear the whistle and tell tale jet noise as a turbo spools up when he plants it at the apex, so no, you are indeed clutching at straws there.

Edit: Looking at the date, I am guessing that this is PH setting up an elaborate "Aston to use a 6 cylinder turbo from now on" April fools gag

danielj58

117 posts

82 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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I don't know whether it's because I'm looking for it, but I'm almost sure I can hear it starting to come on boost just before it passes the camera. Just before it ticks over to 3 seconds.

Skater12

486 posts

66 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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scholesy said:
No that is not turbocharged, that whistle is so slight, could be one of many things, even as slight as the alternator charging! You would also hear the whistle and tell tale jet noise as a turbo spools up when he plants it at the apex, so no, you are indeed clutching at straws there.

Edit: Looking at the date, I am guessing that this is PH setting up an elaborate "Aston to use a 6 cylinder turbo from now on" April fools gag
Haha, probably.
April fools day Fail !!

Expect the article to read Aston to use Ford Ecotec derived V6 and twin-charge for next Vantage and Rapide. DB9 DBS and Virage to receive new V8 to replce V12, with sub 4ltr capacity.

mumfurio

8 posts

58 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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sounds like a turbo to me, and i'm sure that's a V8....

Makes sense as turbo V8's seem to be the future for 'green friendly' performance cars

Max_Torque

10,237 posts

125 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Aston needed a boosted GDI 6 cylinder engine in about 2007. Here in 2012, it can't come soon enough (think 335i engine with circa 400bhp and 550Nm, both very achieveable). The problem, custom engines are expensive (especially when it almost certainly means a move to a Bosch EMS as well........)