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Aston Martin future: 3 sports cars and a crossover

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D aimler has acquired a 5 percent stake in Aston Martin and provides the British with the 4.0-liter turbo engine from AMG, as it does in the AMG GT. Only the successor to the V8 Vantage, which should not be presented before 2017, will get this engine. For the DB9 successor DB11, which debuted in Geneva (2016), Aston Martin reduced its original 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 to 5.2 liters and instead gave it two turbochargers. Despite an increase in output to 608 hp and 700 Nm, it will consume around 10 percent less.

Naturally aspirated engines are also dying out at Aston Martin and SUVs are coming

The British are convinced that this is also for Sports cars are no longer able to bypass the turbo and believe that the last naturally aspirated proponents like Lamborghini will soon fall over. The new Aston Martin Biturbo V12 will then also be used in the successor to the Vanquish (S), which will probably not hit the streets until 2020. Overall, a stronger differentiation between the individual models is planned. The Vantage with the AMG V8 biturbo will be the sporty two-seater รก la Ferrari 488 (in future without V12 variant), the DB9 successor DB11 with V12 remains true to the role of Gran Turismo and a new Vanquish is to become a real supercar.

Stefan Baldauf
Aston Martin is building an SUV. The show car shown in Geneva in 2015 was called DBX and had only 2 doors; the series counterpart, on the other hand, will be a four-door model.

Aston Martin Boss plans to invest 500 million euros in the development of the brand's new models by 2020 to have. Most of it probably for the new SUV, its concept car outlookwas called DBX; But the show car was at best a design exercise for Marek Reichmann, the brand's long-time chief designer. He came to Aston through Lincoln and the former Premier Automotive Group. His first big hit was the Rapide, but with the DB10 for the current James Bond 'Specter' or the racing car 'Vulcan' he showed the future of the design line with the characteristic radiator grille. The series SUV will, however, have four doors - it will certainly be exciting to see how Reichmann will design it in accordance with the design language of the brand.

Larger customer base thanks to SUVs - as with Bentley and Lamborghini

Either way, the full-size SUV should ensure a substantial boost in sales, as Porsche did with the Cayenne. However, the British are not aiming for such dimensions as the Swabians (Cayenne sales in 2015: a good 70,000 units), Aston is not a brand for mass production. In the medium term, however, around 7,000 sports cars should be sold again per year, even if it was only around 4,000 last year. In 2007 it was 7,400.

The SUV could well find as many customers as all sports cars put together. At Porsche, the Macan and Cayenne models account for more than two thirds of sales, Bentley allegedly had 4,000 orders for the Bentayga before the market launch.

Stefan Baldauf
Aston Martin is currently also selling a four-door model: The Lagonda Taraf is, however a classic limousine and limited to a small series of 200 pieces. However, it is possible that a Rapide successor will take a similar direction.

If you take Porsche as a blueprint for the British sports car manufacturer, there is still no equivalent for the Panamera, which is about to be replaced by the Swabians and also ensures higher sales figures than the 911 and Boxster. At Aston Martin, the Panamera has been called Rapide since 2009. Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer recently confirmed that a four-door model will also be part of theFuture plans of the brand is. However, it has not yet been decided whether the new four-door will be a 1: 1 replacement for the Rapide, or rather a classic sedan similar to the Lagonda Taraf, whose small series is limited to 200 units.

Hybrid drive from Mercedes ?

It is not yet clear whether the SUV will also receive technical support from Daimler, although it is likely. Because the British explicitly point out the importance of the connection to a large manufacturer with regard to expensive, modern technologies. With the DB11, for example, they use the electrics and infotainment platform from Mercedes. And with an SUV, even Aston Martin is likely to be forced to use a hybrid drive in order to achieve acceptable CO2 levels. The Swabians have already started something like this and should have taken the next step by 2019.

Fear of competition does not seem to concern Daimler, although the new Vantage with AMG-V8, for example, presumably appears with a similar character . Even the price segment is unlikely to differ: the current Vantage with the naturally aspirated V8, which is increasingly becoming a weak point, cost 109,000 euros, and was therefore a good 6,000 euros cheaper than the AMG GT. Even if Aston makes the successor model more expensive, the cars stay close. Given the exclusivity of the British brand, not bad conditions for poaching in the organ donor's area.


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