Aston Martin Mulling Six-Cylinder Engines, the Return of the DB7?


With the debut of the Virage, yet another V12-powered luxury exotic this week, it appears as though Aston Martin might actually be making plans for non-V12-powered cars.

And no, we’re not talking about V8s, like the Vantage, but a return to the straight-six.

According to, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the top man at Aston, commented that he’s interested in exploring the use of inline six-cylinder engines, even going so far as to quote a displacement of 2.5-liters, paired with turbocharging and direct-injection.

While a possible option for the V8-powered Vantage, the engine would fit in any of Aston’s cars, says Bez, as they are all based on the same architecture with V12s being offered in every model.

The last Aston Martin to be powered by one of the automaker’s straight-six engines was the DB7. Could that badge make a comeback?

[Source: PistonHeads]