Is this a turbocharged Aston Vantage?


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 29 Mar 2012

    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 29 Mar 2012

    I say no turbo.

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

    I also think it's a V12.

  • matthias73 29 Mar 2012

    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 29 Mar 2012

    I hope its supercharged! Always thought that a Supercharged V8 would be a better engine than the V12

  • LewisR 29 Mar 2012

    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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