Video: Aston Martin’s Brand New Turbocharged V12

The naturally aspirated engine is getting rarer and rarer.  Everyone is going the turbocharged route, if you want to make power AND be efficient you have to turbocharge.  BMW ditched 2 N/A engines.  The v10 in the M5/6 was replaced with a smaller turbocharged v8.  V8 in the M3 gave way to a turbocharged straight 6.  Ferrari dropped the N/A V8 for a smaller, turbocharged unit.  There has always been a Porsche Turbo at the top of the 911 range.  Now all 911’s will have their flat 6’s boosted.  Don’t get me wrong I like turbos, I like the idea of getting more with less, however there is a charm to a naturally aspirated engine that you just don’t get with forced induction.  The engine response and sound are all just that a bit better in a N/A car.

And now can add Aston Martin’s V12 to that list.  The new Aston Martin DB11 will have a 5.2 liter turbocharged v12.  The engine is said to make around 600 horsepower.  What everyone really wanted to know is, will the turbos take away from the signature Aston V12 sound?  If this video is anything to go off of the new V12 will sound just fine.  Wait, not fine, Glorious!


Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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