Aston Martin to use Mercedes-Benz AMG V8 engines and transmissions

Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz have entered into an agreement which, all going well, will see future Aston Martin models use V8 powertrains from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division.

Aston Martin stresses that the powertrains it will employ will be “bespoke”, but declines to go into how different or similar they will be to the engines and transmissions used in Mercedes-Benz’s high performance rear-wheel drive sedans, wagons and SUVs.

The technical partnership between the two companies will also see Aston Martin’s future cars use certain electronic and electric components from the Mercedes-Benz stable. “Depending on the process of the agreement” Mercedes-Benz could end up with a 5% non-voting stake in Aston Martin.

So far the companies aren’t stating when we’ll see Mercedes-Benz V8 powertrains in Aston Martin’s cars. Nor do we know any technical details, such as engine displacement, the use (or otherwise) of turbochargers, power outputs, transmission type or number of gears. Nor do we know whether Aston Martin will keep making its own V12 engines or whether these Mercedes-Benz V8s will replace (partially or entirely) Aston Martin’s current range of engines.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]