ASTON MARTIN AND AMG: PH BLOG
German engines in a British icon? Should we be standing for it?
following our news story earlier in the week pretty much unanimously favourable in tone and summed up thus: we love AMG engines, we love Aston Martins - great!
The business case is obvious enough. As a builder of fewer than 5,000 cars per year on what's perceived, rightly or wrongly, a solid but aging platform Aston badly needs to invest in new product. It's had a bit of a cash injection but nothing like enough to develop a cutting edge powerplant that can play against the big boys yet meet all the latest emissions standards. So it was going to have to buy engines in from somewhere.
AMG has everything from high specific output four-cylinders to naturally aspirated and turbocharged V8s in the 400-600hp area future Astons would surely be looking at. It can also supply mega horsepower V12s for halo models, if required. But turbos? In an Aston? Isn't that a bit, well, vulgar?
brawny Mustang V8 that'd fit well with old-school Aston manners and avoid the supposed shame of a German powerplant. Unlike the, er, Cologne-built V12s used currently of course.
Mighty as it is the Ford V8 isn't as 'futureproof' as the AMG alternatives and right now Aston needs to be looking forwards, not backwards. So, yes, turbos.
What about the Italians then? After all, DB-era Astons were never shy about their Italian styling influences and, via Maserati, Ferrari is building a new range of modern twin-turbo V6s and V8s that might have done. And Fiat needs the cash. But possibly not enough to equip a direct rival with its newest powerplants, even if there were capacity in Ferrari's engine production line.
Audi has a good range of normally aspirated and turbocharged V8s to choose from too. But little tradition of sharing them outside of the group. And of the Germans only AMG has really managed to carry the traditional V8 character into the turbocharged era intact.
All of this misses the most obvious reason for this being the dream collaboration of course. AMG's name is an abbreviation of the founders' names and the town in which the business was originally based.
Aston Martin, Gaydon anyone?
They won't even have to change the logos on the castings!