In an era dominated by downsizing, Aston Martin has committed to giving the V12 engine a future.

    It has confirmed a version of the twin-turbo V12 from the now-defunct DBS has been subject to a “complete re-design”.

    Packing 615kW of power and a whopping 1000Nm of torque, the engine will feature “across Aston Martin’s most exclusive and limited availability models”.

    Those outputs are up on the 566kW and 900Nm on offer in the outgoing DBS 770 Ultimate, which has a 5.2-litre V12 engine.

    All that grunt has been liberated by a range of detail changes, including a stronger cylinder block and conrods, a new cylinder head, and a pair of new turbochargers with less inertia.

    We’re expecting it to feature in a new Vanquish, based on the cryptic “all will be vanquished” message at the end of the brand’s media release.

    The brand is promising the engine will debut later in 2024 in a new flagship model.

    The new V12 is the latest step in Aston Martin’s overhaul, led by Lawrence Stroll and a consortium of investors.

    The DB11 has made way for the more focused DB12, and the Vantage has been treated to a comprehensive makeover.

    Gone is the plan to build a mid-engined rival to the Ferrari 296 GTB.

    Released under previous management, the production version of the Vanquish Vision was to be powered by a twin-turbo V6 hybrid drivetrain developed in-house. The V6 engine project has already been killed off.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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