If you open the hood of the 2021 Aston Martin DBX SUV, you'll find a 4.0-liter AMG twin-turbo V-8 under the hood, and a surprising amount of space. You may wonder to yourself if a larger engine could fit there, like, say, Aston's twin-turbo V-12.
At a preview event for the DBX held earlier this month, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Road & Track that the brand's V-12 would fit under the hood.
"We'll probably do other engine derivatives, we'll do other spec derivatives. As you do with any lifecycle management," Palmer said. "And obviously, in the same way as we do specials off of our DB11 platform, we may well do specials off this platform."
The only question regarding whether a V-12 would work in the DBX is whether its Mercedes-sourced nine-speed automatic could handle the power and torque. In the DB11 AMR, the 5.2-liter V-12 makes 630 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the 542 hp and the same amount of torque for the DBX's V-8.
Aston could possibly offer more power from the DBX's V-8. In the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, the same basic engine makes 630 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. But a V-12 would offer a unique experience, with very different character than the AMG V-8. Right now, the only other SUV with a V-12 is the Rolls Royce Cullinan. (The Bentley Bentayga can be fit with a W-12.)
When asked if a racier DBX AMR was on the table Palmer said, "We're committed to doing an AMR in every one of our range, so that would be an obvious candidate."
Clearly, there's a lot to look forward to from the Aston SUV.
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