• Feb 25, 2011
Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez let the cat out of the bag this week, revealing that the automaker is seriously contemplating bringing back the straight-six engine. Up through the most recent DB7, Aston's silky inline-sixes defined the brand.

According to Bez, if Aston decides to go back to its old standby, the engine would likely be a 2.5-liter unit sporting direct injection and a turbocharger. Dr. Bez's thoughts have turned to engines since Aston's universal VH platform won't need updating for a few more years. According to Bez, getting a six-pot in the current architecture won't be an issue, since V12s already slide in nicely.

We wouldn't look for a six-cylinder Aston for at least another five years, but the idea of a turbocharged, six-cylinder Vantage-style baby Aston does pique our interest.

[Source: Piston Heads | Image: Drew Phillips/AOL]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet it will make an awesome sound.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Purists might complain.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how this will affect the performance. From what I remember, the old V8 they used wasn't really up to the task, although the updated one might be better. I understand that the point of Astons isn't the performance but the incredibly good looks and exclusivity, but why can't we have some of both?

      There surely are cars that can both perform and look the part, the 458 comes to mind. Of course, I'm still too poor to afford any of their cars currently so I'm probably in no position to say anything. I just wish they had a sports car that could perform as well as it looked, if only for me to dream about
        • 3 Years Ago
        The v8 vantage is not as good to drive and slower than a 911 but still more expensive. I am not saying there are not reasons to get it over a 911, but it isn't a good performed for the money.

        Maintenance is much more too. Obviously the vantage is much much sexier though
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't think performance is Aston's biggest objective. Sure they have plenty of racing involvement but their consumer model range is dominated by GT cars. They focus on the full package: design, luxury, speed, elegance etc etc. Aston is the last company in this share of the market that I expect to chase numbers; they dont lose sleep knowing their cars have 30 less horsepower or are half a second slower to 60 than the competition, unlike Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Bentley.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What exactly is their main objective? I feel like the selling point of Astons is just their good looks and exclusivity.

        I can't see how they can't combine that with a car that's still incredibly good to drive though. I am sure they can design a spectacular mid engined car too. But I suppose there's the luxury aspect.

        I just think it would be interesting for them to pursue new markets, after all they did they make the Rapide and Cyngnet although I would rather forget about the Cygnet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      To make their V12 didn't they stick two Ford V6s together? Now I guess they'll cut it in half to make a straight six
      • 3 Years Ago
      I, too, absolutely love the sound of a inline six. They're silky smooth and usually have very linear hp curves. Besides the cars mentioned above, the Skyline GTRs also had the RB i6 and the Supras had a host of different i6s. 2JZ anyone? I'd be a little worried about a turbo muffling the exhaust note, but hot d@#n, this is a great idea.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd love to see a new, modern I6 turbo engine outside of BMW's offerings (not much room for making more power). The idea of dropping one into a coachbuilt AWD car fascinates me. Too bad an Aston Martin engine will probably cost $$$$$$.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id love to see Aston return to inline 6 engine production. Being an owner of a Wrangler with a 4.0L inline 6, I can vouch for the fact that if the exhaust is tuned right on an inline 6, they can sound really nice.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      "Purists might complain" Why? The original Vantage had a straight 6 (huge pots, this) with 3 Weber carbs sitting betwixt the pots. I was an awesome machine, generating well north of 320hp. I used to own a 1969 Aston Martin Vantage, it was a lovely car. Friends said it sounded like a Fokker bi-plane!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, score one for Fake Car News. (Although I had guessed it would be a naturally aspirated 3.7.)

      Please, let us bring back the DB4 as a gentleman's GT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There was a time when straight sixes were the bee's knees.
      Jag, Aston, BMW, Mercedes, the Nissan Z car, all showcased well designed inline sixers.
      Heck, even the F150 (the US one, not the new Italian one) had a big straight six.

      Will the world accept them again? Will the US accept them in super premiums? Or will they just get a knee jerk cold shoulder like the blasphemous idea of four cylinder BMWs always gets here in AB?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Straight sixes go all the way back to the earliest days of the automobile. Ford didn't make one until 1941 I believe, but built them clear into the 1980s. Chevrolet introduce an I6 to the low end of the market in '30, and with improvements was even the original engine in the '53-'54 Corvettes, the famous "Blue Flame Six."
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although the inline six used to be a benchmark for Aston Martin, their new V12 provide enough power with one the most notable and increadible engine notes. Besides, when you hear about an inline six turbocharded engine now, you think Porsche.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree, iKingston, when I think Porsche I think flat-6. When I think straight 6 I think BMW. But knowing Aston Martin, I'm sure whatever engine they use will sound thrilling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iKingston

        I don't think Porsche ever sold an inline 6 through their brand but they did co-develope one with Suzuki for the Verona. I'm sure they would rather forget they ever did though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sound wise it's not the number of cylinders, it's the turbo we should be worried with.

      Aston i6 always sounded epic:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG37o0jRncw

      If you think modern fuel injected engines can't sound like that listed to this i6 TVR:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNZvEXC3Nd0
      and the racing version
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rfzuk3G39A

      This is as good as any V8 can get and suits Aston way better.
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