But what's happening with the V12?
Tobias Moers has been CEO of Aston Martin since last August, replacing Andy Palmer as part of a major executive shakeup following the British carmaker's acquisition by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll who now serves as Executive Chairman. Moers spent 26 years at Mercedes and knows a thing or two about the industry. Earlier this month, Stroll reiterated his commitment to the combustion engine for as long as possible, despite the UK's proposed 2030 ban.
And now Moers has revealed to the Financial Times his plans to launch 10 new variants of existing models over the next two years. One of those derivatives could be an all-electric Aston Martin DBX, though it won't be powered by the firm's electrification technology for one simple reason: it's not ready yet.
Remember, plans for the rebirth of the Lagonda brand were put on indefinite hold once Stroll came on board. This new Lagonda would have had a fully electric lineup. Instead, the DBX EV will receive its technology from Mercedes, which owns a fifth of AM. But more importantly, Moers confirmed the company's future combustion engines will be mostly bespoke though still built by AMG. However, new AM-built engines are coming, specifically the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.
Moers also wants to increase in-house engineering and divert additional funds to the Nurburgring-based engineering division. Chances are, we'll be seeing more track-focused versions of the Vantage, DBS Superleggera, and, possibly the DB11. No updates were provided regarding the status of the 2022 Valhalla and Vanquish supercars, though both are likely to feature an AMG-sourced hybrid system paired to Aston Martin engines.
But what about the future status of Aston's famed 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12? Moers recognizes that it'll be hard to retain it due to tightening emissions regulations, but hinted some potentially creative workarounds are being explored for "aficionados" around the world. One possible solution is for the V12 to be limited to track models only.
AM's plans to launch 20 new variants over the next 24 months is bold considering Brexit concerns and, of course, current restrictions due to the pandemic. We'll know more details hopefully soon.