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Aston Martin could share technology with AMG
posted on Dec 17 2012 by Sam Jones
Invest industrials links with the Mercedes performance arm could mean that future Aston Martin cars may feature engines, gearboxes and electric architectures from AMG. The private Italian equity firm recently invested £150 million for a 37.5% stake in Aston Martin.
A number of potential investors were said to be interested in the luxury car company including BMW, Toyota, Mahindra & Mahindra and Geely but it was Investindustrial who finally struck the deal. It has not been confirmed that Mercedes was involved but it is reported that the Italian firm did not submit the highest bid. This leads us to believe that a potential link with Mercedes and AMG tipped the deal in Investindustrials favour.
The partnership could be hugely beneficial to Aston Martin, who many consider to be falling behind Jaguar in terms of performance. The current Ford-produced V12 petrol engine being used by Aston Martin is beginning to show its age so a new AMG-developed twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 could possibly be in the pipeline. As could be a twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8, a turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.