Aston Martin will pour the largest investment in its history into developing a new sports car platform.
“We are engineering a completely new architecture and technologies to ensure that our next generation of sports cars is at the forefront of design, performance and technology,” Aston Martin CFO Hanno Kirner said. “The strategic partnership with Daimler AG will bring with it cutting edge electrical and electronic expertise, and the shared development of world‐class bespoke V8 powertrains.”
Previous reports suggested that the partnership between Aston Martin and Mercedes AMG might also pave the way for platform sharing between the companies. That idea is being shelved while Aston Martin focuses on co-developing engines with AMG and engineering its own future platform.
The British sports car brand didn’t say anything about whether or not the new architecture will also underpin the long-rumored Lagonda SUV.
Aston Martin says 13 percent increased revenue and a stronger capital structure thanks in large part to leadership by part-owner Investindustrial is allowing the brand to move forward in developing the platform. In particular, the brand said demand for the Vanquish Coupe and a positive reception for the Vanquish Volante and V12 Vantage S last fall helped increase its revenue.
The company is expected to debut its next DB9 grand tourer in 2016 and that car will probably be the first to be underpinned by the VH platform replacement. Specifics about the brand’s plans are still unclear, but AMG’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8 looks like a viable candidate to power the car.
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