New Aston Martin Vanquish to get V12 with more than 700bhp

The next Aston Vanquish will use a highly tuned version of the DB11’s twin-turbo V12 – launching in 2018

Aston Martin Vanquish 2014 static

The next-generation Aston Martin Vanquish will launch with a tuned version of the DB11’s new twin-turbo V12 – possibly with more than 700bhp. Bosses have this week confirmed there is “significant headroom” for more power from the already potent 12-cylinder, with the new Vanquish a likely target.

As a GT car, Aston’s engineers are satisfied with the DB11’s 600bhp V12. However, as the Vanquish has historically sat at the top of the product range, it’ll need a significant power boost to maintain its position as the brand’s flagship model.

• Aston Martin DB11 twin-turbo V12 production starts

Chief powertrain engineer Dr Brian Fitzsimons told Auto Express the twin-turbo V12 has been “proven to 820bhp” during testing – with some “very elegant solutions” to help marry relatively low emissions with a sizeable power output.

When the DB11 arrives in showrooms this autumn, it will momentarily surpass the Vanquish for outright power. Speculation suggests a jump from the current car’s 565bhp to more than 700bhp is entirely feasible – thanks to the added turbochargers and more efficient engine. That figure could trump the 731bhp Ferrari F12, approaching the output of that car's hardcore 769bhp tdf version.

Aston Martin 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine - detail 2

Fitzsimons also told us the engine could be adapted later down the line to utilise electrification – helping Aston meet ever-stringent global emissions regulations.

“The engine has been designed with protection for future drivetrains”, he said. “I can deploy electrification when I want”.

When asked if turbocharging and electrification were the future for Aston Martin, he said: “I think so. But there is always space for something special” - hinting that limited run, naturally aspirated V8 and V12 models could still form part of the company’s future.

The next-generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage will launch next year, with a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. The DB11 engine will likely feature in a V12 version later down the line, before being shoehorned into a revised Rapide saloon.

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