Aston Martin head honcho Andy Palmer has started spilling the beans on the future of the storied British company. Unlike some automakers, Aston Martin seems to actually care about what enthusiasts think, but at the same time isn’t too interested in getting involved in the current horsepower war.
First up, Palmer told Car and Driver the new V8 Vantage is coming out in 2017. The car will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine sourced from AMG. Don’t expect a dual-clutch auto, because Palmer thinks those are worthless. Instead, buyers will get to choose either a manual or automatic.
About that manual transmission, Palmer says that he’ll push for Aston Martin to be “the last manufacturer in the world” to keep including such a thing in cars.
The relationship with AMG seems to be limited to the one V-8 engine, but it could be used in other models. Exactly which ones isn’t obvious right now.
Speaking of those other cars, Palmer said there will be seven total Aston Martin models in the long-run. A successor to the Vanquish should be coming in 2018. The DB11 should live on with the same twin-turbo V-12. Then there’s the DBX all-electric crossover, which we’ll see shortly. The money for those four cars is already secured.
Apparently there will be three more Aston Martins in the lineup. The Lagonda is a strong possibility, but beyond that the future vehicles seem to be a mystery.