Nah, he paid for the looks and the comfort - and has no idea what's under the hood other than that it makes a nice noise!
Oi, thats wrong.
Seems really wierd to find this thread here, I've been on Aston Martin forums for the last three years, its interesting to see the same subject discussed from the other side of the partnership.
My view is that nobody worries about the gearbox in their cars, its become a commodity item, or the ECU, or the ABS, or a whole host of components that are shared across multiple cars, so why should we care about the engine, if it delivers the performance that we want.
AMG has a really good reputation for engines, so why not use them in other cars, if its adapted or properly suited to that car.
AM engines are massively reliable (part of the Ford legacy, they punish those engines so hard during their development that they are incredibly strong and reliable). But I have to say they aren't particularly economical. I get 14mpg if I drive properly, maybe 20mpg if I drive slowly. I once emptied a quarter of a tankful in 15 minutes
AMG engines are reliable, powerful and economical, and that takes serious money to achieve. Aston Martin can't afford that investment on their own.
The AM 4.7 delivers the same power as the AMG 5.5, so that does look like a good start point.
I do know what is under the hood (although its a bonnet, because its British), and had mine upgraded from 420bhp to 460bhp, with a big uplift in torque, and a switch that allows me to drive sensibly past my neighbours, then sound like a complete lunatic once I'm out of earshot. I absolutely love it
And I sacrificed comfort for performance with manual transmission, optional sports suspension, and carbon fibre seats, this is a car to fire up the adrenaline, and it does