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    • Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz announce technical and engineering partnership - Aston's with Mercedes AMG based motors coming soon

      Aston Martin makes some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Absolutely gorgeous vehicles inside and out. However, under the hood they are a bit lacking and Aston may offer world class styling but not world class performance or efficiency. The Aston Martin Vantage AMV8 uses essentially an old Jaguar based V8 design from the 1980's. Aston's same old V12 continually gets massaged for new models such as DB9, Vanquish, and Rapide but can only be pushed so far. Modern engine designs are long overdue.

      So what is a specialized company like Aston to do? Spend all the money themselves on new development? That is a risky proposition and Lotus had lofty ambitions to do so but failed. They now cancelled models and use Toyota based motors. The future of Aston Martin seems to be motors with a Mercedes-Benz influence.

      This is what Aston Martin's head of product development Ian Minards had to say, “Aston Martin sources cutting edge technology from key suppliers around the globe and the opportunity to include content from Mercedes-AMG GmbH in our next generation sports cars is, clearly, good news."

      He's not wrong here. An Aston Martin with an AMG heart is the solution to their problems and sounds absolutely tantalizing. An AMG turbo V12 Vanquish or Rapide? How about an M156/M158 63 AMG V8 under the hood of the Vantage? Suddenly Aston Martin would be competing with all the big boys including Porsche, BMW, Audi, you name it.

      This partnership will allow Aston Martin to save costs and expand its lineup. A sport utility vehicle now seems like a possibility. Who knows where this will lead to but it is definitely good news for all involved especially considering the previous deal fell apart. Let's all sit back and see what this leads to namely better Aston Martin vehicles with modern technology.

      Press Release:


      • Supply agreements for engines and Electric/Electronic (E/E) components planned
      • Daimler to receive up to 5% equity in Aston Martin
      • Ola Källenius, Head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We are proud to work with Aston Martin and provide them with powertrain and e/e components for their forthcoming sports cars.”
      • Aston Martin Product Development Director Ian Minards: “We have selected AMG specifically as the basis for this powertrain development process.”



      Mercedes-AMG GmbH, a 100% subsidiary and the high performance brand of Daimler AG, and Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. intend to enter a technical partnership. A corresponding Letter of Intent has been signed today. Essential elements of the planned partnership are supply agreements between Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Benz Cars and Aston Martin. Mercedes-AMG will supply Aston Martin with engines, while Mercedes-Benz Cars will provide the British luxury sports car manufacturer with e/e (electric/electronic) components for Aston Martin’s future models.

      In addition to those agreements, Daimler will receive up to 5% equity in Aston Martin without cash consideration in several steps following the progress of the technical partnership. At the same time, the company will receive an observer status in the Board of Management of Aston Martin. Based on the Letter of Intent, both parties have the intention to work towards signing of definitive agreements during the second half of the year. The overall transaction is subject to the conclusion on definitive agreement and applicable regulatory approvals, if required.


      Ola Källenius, Head of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “We are proud to work with Aston Martin and provide them with powertrain and e/e components for their forthcoming sports cars. This is proof of AMG’s technological and performance expertise and a real win-win situation for both sides.”


      Aston Martin Product Development Director Ian Minards said: “We have selected AMG specifically as the basis for this powertrain development process. Aston Martin sources cutting edge technology from key suppliers around the globe and the opportunity to include content from Mercedes-AMG GmbH in our next generation sports cars is, clearly, good news.”

      Not the least due to competitive reasons, both parties agreed on non-disclosure of further details of the planned partnership for the time being.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 1Zed4 Click here to enlarge
        Fixed it for ya.
        You fixed it incorrectly:

        The Jaguar AJ-V8 is a compact DOHC V8 piston engine used in many Jaguar vehicles. It was the fourth new engine type in the history of the company. In 1997 it replaced both designs previously available on Jaguar cars: the straight-6Jaguar AJ6 engine (or rather its AJ16 variant), and the Jaguar V12 engine. It remained the only engine type available on Jaguar until 1999 with the launch of the S-Type, when the Jaguar AJ-V6 engine was added to the list. The AJ-V8 is available in displacements ranging from 3.2 L to 5.0 L, and a supercharged version is also produced. Ford Motor Company used this small V8 in other products as well, including the Lincoln LS the 2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird as well as in several Land Rovers and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

        The AJ-V8 engine is manufactured in an all-new, dedicated Jaguar facility lo
        cated within the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant in Bridgend, South Wales. The Jaguar "plant-within-a-plant" saved considerable investment costs by Jaguar. It is staffed by workers dedicated to Jaguar engine production and includes a linked flow-line of computer numerically controlled machines with automated loading and assembly. Component supply is on a "just-in-time" basis


        This is a Jaguar built V8 and design, not based on any existing Ford V8. Ford modified this Jaguar design for use in 2000-2005:

        The 3.9L (3934 cc) AJ30/AJ35 variant is a unique displacement used only by Ford and Lincoln and is built in Ford's Lima, OH engine plant. Bore is 86 mm (3.4 in) and stroke is 85 mm (3.3 in). The AJ35 version introduced for the 2003 model year added variable valve timing of the intake camshafts and electronic throttle control. While the block, crankshaft, pistons, and connecting rods are all unique to this displacement, many other parts are shared with the AJ-V8 engines produced in the UK by Jaguar.


        Vehicles using this engine:

        • 2000-2002 Lincoln LS, 252 hp (188 kW) 267 lb·ft (362 N·m)
        • 2002 Ford Thunderbird, 252 hp (188 kW) 267 lb·ft (362 N·m)
        • 2003-2006 Lincoln LS, 280 hp (209 kW) 286 lb·ft (388 N·m)
        • 2003-2005 Ford Thunderbird, 280 hp (209 kW) 286 lb·ft (388 N·m)
        • Ford Forty-Nine concept

        The last AJ35 was produced in March 2006 after only 3 years.
        You may be confusing it with the Ford Modular V8 which is unrelated or with the fact Jaguar was owned by Ford during the time Jaguar designed and produced this V8. They continued to update the design after being sold by Ford.