AMG Astons in three to four years

11 Sep, 2013 3:03pm Jack Rix

Mercedes CEO says new Astons with AMG engines are three to four years away

A new era in the history of Aston Martin will begin in around three to four years, according to Mercedes CEO, Dr Dieter Zetsche. An agreement in principle for AMG to supply Aston Martin with engines and components was signed back in July, but this is the first time we’ve been given any real sense of time scale.

“Aston’s new investor was convinced that it would be helpful to associate with someone with experience in fast car technology,” Zetsche told us. “When you make decisions like this it usually takes three to four years to see the results.”

It’s believed that AMG will supply Aston with turbocharged V8 engines, gearboxes and electrical components for a new-generation of models – including replacements for the ageing DB9 and V8 Vantage. It will spell the end of a long-standing relationship with Ford, who currently supplies its V8 and V12 engines, built in its Cologne plant.

Back when the deal was originally signed, Aston Martin Product Development Director Ian Minards said: “We have selected AMG specifically as the basis for this powertrain development process. Aston Martin sources cutting edge technology from key suppliers around the globe and the opportunity to include content from Mercedes-AMG GmbH in our next generation sports cars is, clearly, good news.”

Zetsche also confirmed rumours that the Daimler, Renault, Nissan allicance has begun work on a flexible new small car platform – expected to underpin replacements for the current A, B, CLA and GLA-Class models. “We are working hard on just that [a shared platform] with respect of compact cars,” he said.

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A cold shiver just went down my spine as I read that story! Sad sad sad sad sad sad sad day when you see AMG badges in an Astons engine bay :(

So its going to be sad to see AMG on the engine instead of ford? Well in my eyes it will be a sad sad day when a ford engine is more desirable than a AMG one presonally. Maybe im wrong!

Yes but correct me if I'm wrong, but at the Ford plant I believe the Aston Martin engine plant is totally separate and all the employees are trained by Aston Martin, AMG are not. There's a big difference. BIG difference. One is an Aston engine, one is an AMG engine.

Agreed. I almost wish Toyota had bought Aston Martin Lagonda now. At least they would have left the engineering alone, even if it had have meant Lagonda's that were re-skinned Lexus's. It's like when Rolls-Royce started using BMW engines in the 90's.

Yeah the AMG engine is better! More torque and better engineering. Astons have been sluggish and behind the curve for years. Astons are no longer world beaters. Last great one was the Vantage 600. That car was a beast!

It will completely ruin & cheapen the image, and I can't see anyone buying it. You expect to see the amg badge on Mercs, not on a fine car like an Aston Martin.

Who would buy an Aston in the next 3 years now?

Or how rolls royce use a modified 7 series chassis!