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The Aston Martin Valhalla will get a very special V6

Aston's first in-house engine since 1968 will be the most powerful in its range

Published: 24 Mar 2020

This is the engine that will power the Aston Martin Valhalla. It’s the first engine designed in-house by Aston Martin itself – rather than wheeled in on crates from elsewhere – since 1968. England still had possession of the World Cup back then…

It’s a 3.0-litre V6, which may well make those of us who love V8s and V12s – i.e. all of us – groan. But it will also be the most powerful engine in Aston Martin’s range, we’re promised, with turbocharging and hybridisation to ensure it punches far harder than its relatively diminutive size might suggest.

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Quite how much power, we’ve not been told. But the DBS Supeleggera produces a not-small 715bhp, so reckon on something north of that. We’re going to assume the limited-run, 1,160bhp Valkyrie will remain the true halo. Else this really would be a V6 like no other…

It’s dry-sumped and will sit behind the driver – the Valhalla being a bona fide supercar. It'll likely appear across Aston's range, and certainly find a home in the brand's other mid-engined model, the all-new Vanquish. Other fun facts? It’s internal codename is TM01 – a nod to Tadek Marek, Aston’s ‘illustrious engineer of the 50s and 60s’ – and the whole thing weighs less than 200kg thanks to the adoption of the same ‘hot in vee’ turbo layout employed by AMGs. In short, it means the turbo (or turbos plural) lives inside the bank of cylinders to make the whole thing more compact and more efficient.

“Despite the overt nature of this powertrain,” says Aston, “the engine is designed to meet all future emission requirements for Euro 7.” Enough sensible stuff, though. Go and have a little listen to it…

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