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Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines

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On: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin Toiling With Three- And Four-Cylinder Engines

Unlike other supercar marques, including Ferrari (Fiat), Lamborghini (Volkswagen) and Bugatti (VW), Aston Martin doesn't have the umbrella of a larger auto group to hide under when it comes time to meet emissions mandates. It's pretty much out there on its own, which is why we see weird but necessary cars like the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet. And even though it has reduced the emissions of its V-8 and V-12 portfolio, Aston may pursue drastically smaller engines in the future.

According to a short report on Autocar, Aston is considering six-, four- and three-cylinder engines. Aston chief Ulrich Bez told the magazine: "Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at."

Bez added that Aston Martin will remain special and exclusive despite the possibility of chopped down engines, but that's a little hard to believe when looking at the Cygnet. In developing the Cygnet, Aston essentially prettied up the Toyota iQ, slapped a drastically hiked price on the window and avoided any substantive changes to the powertrain or platform.

It's not clear what type of car(s) that Aston is thinking in terms of a destination for these small engines, but hopefully they'll be a little more logical than the pudgy Cygnet. While it may still water down the badge, a small, four/six-cylinder, sub-$100,000 2+2/sedan molded by Aston's adept styling hands could help improve emissions while offering a little uniformity with the rest of Aston's line. Either that, or maybe it needs to get to work on developing or purchasing some form of hybrid system to help clean up its V-8 and V-12 offerings.


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