Meet Aston Martin’s new hybrid 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
Codenamed TM01, this new twin-turbo V-6 celebrates legendary Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek, father of the brand’s original straight-six and V-8 engines. Designed for hybrid applications, Aston’s 3.0-liter uses the “hot V” configuration for quicker warm ups and better throttle response and also keeps the whole package under 440 pounds.
Aston Martin calls the TM01 its first in-house-designed engine since the V-8 penned by Tadek Marek in 1968. That’s probably because the AE31, the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 powering the DB11 and the DBS Superleggera was derived from the Ford-based AM29 V-12, with the heads and blocks designed and manufactured by Grainger and Worral in Britain, and the engines assembled at the Ford plant in Cologne.
The new V-6 uses dry-sump lubrication to provide the ultimate in track performance, and is also designed to meet “all future emission requirements for Euro 7.” In parallel to the 3.0-liter pushed hard on the dyno, Aston Martin is developing a range of hybrid systems that can push this new twin-turbo drivetrain’s total output as high as 1000 horsepower. We shall see how that plays out in the 2022 Aston Martin Valhalla.
The TM01 is also expected to make its way into the third mid-engine Aston Martin, the next Vanquish, while Andy Palmer’s team gradually phases out the AMG-sourced M177 twin-turbo V-8 currently used in all models except the DBS Superleggera. No word on how much influence the Valkyrie’s 11,100-rpm Cosworth V-12 had on the TM01 V-6’s design, but we are hoping for at least some.
In other British engine news, Gordon Murray’s three-cylinder mule also hit the dyno at Cosworth this week. No turbos on that.