In the waning days of widespread internal combustion power, Aston Martin could be the sole guardian of the production-spec V12 engine. With many high-end automakers announcing the end of the engine in just a few years, Aston Martin plans to keep its twelve lungers for as long as possible. But even that love relationship can’t last forever.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the debut of the new DBX707, Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers was poetic about the company’s V12 but still recognized the writing on the wall.
“Depending on the regulations. You’re not going to make a new V12, that’s not going to happen,” he said. “So we kept the V12, we made small tweaks to the V12, but if it’s 2026 or 2027, it doesn’t matter.”
The regulation he mentioned is the forthcoming Euro 7 emission standard for Europe, which is expected to come into effect in 2025. The stringent requirements essentially rule out any naturally aspirated V12 engine for production use. Moers explains that many automakers with V12s have life cycles ending around 2024 or 2025, according to the Euro 7 timeline. Aston Martin may have a little more life in its program, but not much.
“Why should we get rid of him for now?” Moers said. “You have V12 fans, but you will see a different lineup for the V12 in the future. Is it still around after 2026? I don’t know, I’m not sure. With Euro 7, the V12 is coming to an end. But stay on the parallel path, raise it with electrification. Why not?”
Of course, the insane Aston Martin Valkyrie features an incredible 6.5-liter V12 engine sourced from Cosworth. There’s also the upcoming Vantage V12, which will be the “last descendant of his line” according to Aston Martin website. So enjoy it while it lasts, but sadly, V12 life is now measured in years, not decades.