Aston Martin is charging ahead into an electrified future. The iconic British automaker outlined its mid-term product roadmap, confirming plug-in hybrid versions of its core sports car models are on the horizon.
Leveraging tech from its deep-pocketed shareholder Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin’s first plug-in hybrid will be the swooping Valhalla supercar set to launch in 2024. After that, expect electrified variants of stalwarts like the Vantage, DB11 and DBS starting in 2026.
Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll trumpeted the electrification plans in the company’s just-released financials for the first half of 2023. Revenues and profits are way up, and Stroll declared “Our electrification journey will begin with the Valhalla, our first plug-in hybrid supercar, and we plan to expand our range of plug-in hybrid models to our core cars, bridging the gap for our customers from combustion engines to pure electric cars.”
Stroll later confirmed to Autocar that the hybrid strategy will touch all model lines and utilize Mercedes’ electrified powertrain hardware. Since 2016, Mercedes has supplied engines and infotainment to Aston Martin. Notably, Aston’s current twin-turbo V8 is shared with the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 E-Performance and Mercedes-AMG S63 E-Performance – two fire-breathing hybrid super sedans. Expect Aston’s plug-in hybrids to use a variant of this formidable gas-electric system.
In the AMG super hybrids, a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 teams with a rear electric motor for around 800 horsepower and over 1,000 pound-feet of torque. The lithium-ion battery pack (13.1 kWh in the S63 and 6.1 kWh in the GT 63) enables an EV range of 21 miles and 8 miles respectively. Aston will surely tune battery capacity based on model positioning – larger packs for luxurious GTs like the DBX SUV, smaller packs for sports cars like the hybrid Vantage to optimize weight.
The future is electric, and Aston Martin is charging down the plug-in hybrid path as a transitionary step, can’t wait to see electrified versions of these thrilling driver’s cars.
To achieve this goal, Aston Martin is considering a potential partnership with Lucid Motors (Aston Martin Zaps a Deal With Lucid – Power Aston Martin’s pure electric vehicles), using the LEAP platform and software for its high-end super EV. Furthermore, there’s a possibility that Aston Martin may also partner with Ceer to power its economy midsize EV with Lucid’s most efficient platform on the market.