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Aston Martin considering three- and four-cylinder engines - report

 Aston Martin considering three- and four-cylinder engines - report
Aston Martin AM 310 Vanquish 19.06.2012

A sign of the times

In a quest to meet ever stringent fuel economy and emissions standards, Aston Martin gave us an expensive and underwhelming version of the Toyota iQ.

Now, the heresy is reaching critical mass as CEO Ulrich Bez has revealed the company is considering significantly smaller engines. Speaking with AutoCar, Bez said "Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at."

Aston Martin's position is understandable and Bez assured the downsized engines would "never undermine exclusivity" as the brand has to remain "special."

 

Source: Autocar

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GTurbo
Infiniti is doing it and now Aston of all Martins; cylinder-slashing! Things are really turning ugly in the luxury and executive sector all in the name of green motoring. This could spell the beginning of the end of yet another top British marque. James Bond's car-chasing days are over!
Sep 11, 2012 5:52 pm
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MTC
What Aston Martin should do is go back to Straight 6. Remember what's under the hood of a DB7? Supercharged Straight 6
Jul 22, 2012 11:06 pm
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PatrickKennedy
This is what reallllllly irritates me about all this gov. environmental bullshit. Like Sensei said they dont make enough cars to have any impact on the environment and regulations that affect massive companies that produce millions of cars should not be the same as a company that builds super cars. The thought of a 3 or 4cyl engine in an aston makes me sick! I will say they should look into turbo options on their current engines to stay with the times and the ever growing UP in Horsepower(every other brand) not down!
Jul 20, 2012 11:37 am
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sensei
The question to me is - just how small of a company must you be to be exempt from the typical rules that apply to cars that sell in the hundreds of thousands to millions? I just don't see how if everyone who owns an Aston drove it 50 miles per day how that would be so much more damaging to the environment than all Priuses sold.
Jul 20, 2012 8:08 am
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M!
buy out Lotus, slip it under Aston Martin, and put forward Lotus's hybrids and eco fuel cars.
Jul 19, 2012 3:20 am
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SouthAfrica
I know i may get a lot of negative ratings for this buts its ok. Aston hasnt been revolutionary lately nor innovative in the technology contribution to motoring. Looks are one thing and heritage keeps it going but we all know the company doesnt have money. I even think one day it may go the Saab route. I think Aston should consider selling itself to someone established who will grow this brand and i'd say the like of BMW or Ferrari(just imagine the results). Yes its good that you have great looking cars,we know very well your not contributing anything other than good looks to the motoring world....Aston!!
Jul 19, 2012 1:42 am
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radmeister
They need to partner with someone that makes cars that are a little more stylish than toyota and already has the most fuel efficient petrol on the market. Lets say, Alfa Romeo.
Jul 18, 2012 12:38 pm
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LWE7
Can someone explain me why Aston Martin is want to make small engines to respect regulations while Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls Royce wouldn't worrie about that ?
Jul 18, 2012 12:22 pm
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radmeister
because i believe the regulations apply to the top tier of ownership. As lambo, bugatti, and bentley fall under the vw fleet they are ok. Ferrari falls under fiat and RR under bmw. Aston may be owned by tata but the nano is not sold in the markets where these reg are applied.
Jul 18, 2012 12:33 pm
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LWE7
I see, thank you for the explaination ! :)
Jul 18, 2012 1:05 pm
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ash_UK
Oh god! this is just crazy talk! Pls, Aston stop wasting your time! Leave the 3/4cyl for the honda/lexus' of this world to play about with. There are more millionaires in this world than there has ever been and if i was one of them I would NEVER EVER want my aston martin to have a 3cyl engine. If you want to downsize and make a special engine make a V12 that is 3.0L.
Jul 18, 2012 10:52 am
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sideskraper
It would be irresponsible of the management not to consider all possible configurations when deciding on the future powertrain development at Aston Martin. Hybrid power configurations will provide a complete solution for all types of driving in 10-15 years time. Consequently, we will be seeing sports/supercars with 3 and 4 cylinder engines in the future. It may not be a nice thought for many but the cogs have been turning for some time. The only way that it won't happen is if oil drops below $20 a barrel again. And the chances of winning the lottery jackpot are many many times higher than the chances of that happening.
Jul 18, 2012 4:45 am
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DrPlacebo
If you can afford an Aston Martin you aren't looking at the receipt when you refuel it. They just need something to get their fleet to meet regulations.
Jul 18, 2012 9:29 am
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sideskraper
Regardless of the depth of ones pocket, it is a competitive market that Aston will not want to be displaced from. They need to be seen as progressing in some proximity to market changes. They've discarded their old stuffy tweed wrapped image successfully and will lose market share if they make an assumption that for eternity their customers will want big big big engines at any cost and will never change. They're not Bristol and will not want to become them.
Jul 18, 2012 11:05 pm
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DrPlacebo
Damn all that. THey need to sit tight and make a hybrid or full electric ala-R8 etron. Something that will be desired for bragging rights by the wealthy. a 3 or 4 cylinder, irrespective of power output, will damage the brand's image, especially in the US. They would also do well to start this with an entry level sedan the size of a 5 series, but priced similar to the panamera with rapide-like styling. Basically I'm saying fix the Fisker Karma and throw an AM badge on it.
Jul 18, 2012 12:59 am
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sideskraper
Not with the history between the two!
Jul 18, 2012 6:08 am
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DrPlacebo
I don't mean literally. That's the closest car to the idea I'm talking about.
Jul 18, 2012 9:30 am
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sideskraper
I understand, I think it's more likely that we will see something unique that is developed from the MB partnership. Maybe a vehicle that will share it's DNA with the CLS or next gen C class platform. I mean clearly the Lagonda shoe is a way to get significant revenue into the company, but the larger vehicle also allows for more space to utilise hybrid powertrains in the future. An important first step. BTW don't forget the Karma has an inline four engine.
Jul 18, 2012 11:12 pm
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GabrielCarvalho
bad choice
Jul 17, 2012 7:59 pm
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pzigly
if your going to make a 3-4 cyl engine, do it right, dont over price a piece of crap car to 40-50k on a small engine, they can easily make a car to compete with a civic si thats small, light, and a little bit of lux, which can take corners, or a car that can compete with a 3 series, this way you can keep making your great cars, while making a profit and focusing on making your great cars better. astons big engines are dated...
Jul 17, 2012 7:40 pm
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FOXHOUND
hmm... maybe a supercharged v8? maybe ford should buy them again, and they could put the supercharged v8 from the new gt500, this car would be even better with over 600 hp and probably even get better fuel economy and emissions. i love the music that the v12 makes, but i do agree that they need to make a change particularly with the powerplant. not to crazy about a v6 or 4 cyl though, it just doesnt sound like aston martin.
Jul 17, 2012 6:19 pm
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