Aston Martin Has A V12 Surprise For McLaren And Ferrari

As its name suggests, power will come from the firm’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, now estimated to produce 690 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, slightly down from the 715 hp and 664 lb-ft available with the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. A ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox will send power to the rear wheels.As expected, that V12’s soundtrack will be best heard from the driver’s seat. Q by Aston Martin, the company’s in-house bespoke division, has been charged with building all 88 examples. The teaser image shows a very sleek, front-engined machine that combines the brand’s racing heritage with modern design along with “cutting-edge motorsport and aviation technology.” Unfortunately, no details were given about that technology. Aston Martin’s recently announced joint effort with Airbus to launch a new special-edition helicopter is one potential tech source.