When asked if there was anything wrong with the Aston Martin DB9 and its V12 engine, most people would say it’s just fine. But chances are if you’re like my, you think it could be better…and that starts by electrifying the drivetrain.
Bosch took an Aston Martin DB9 V12 and converted it into a split-axle hybrid, which has both reduced emissions and increased performance of this British supercar, which already offers 510 horsepower from its 5.9 liter V12. That’s all well and good, right? Well the addition of electric motors at the front wheels boosted output considerably to a rubber-shredding 740 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That’s about a 40% increase in output, comparable to strapping an old school roots-style supercharger to the same engine.
Only in this case, the DB9 saw its fuel consumption and emissions output drop as well, with an all-electric driving range of up to 16 miles also available to tuse at the driver’s discretion. While it’s no Toyota Prius in terms of fuel economy, hybrid systems are fast becoming the replacement for both displacement and forced induction, though there’s even more to it than that. Bosch’s energy management system has been worked into both the gauge cluster and the pop-up touchscreen interface (always a cool feature), and lets drivers manage their drivetrain in ways few other vehicles can.
Does this mean a hybrid DB9 successor is likely? Perhaps, though this concept has actually been around for at least a year; Bosch only yesterday released this video going more in-depth into the car itself. So maybe Aston isn’t quite ready to commit, though even they can’t deny that Hybrids are changing the performance playing field. Bigger engines with more cylinders no longer have the edge they once did, and though cost can certainly be a limiting factor, there seem to be plenty of people lining up to buy $2 million hybrid Ferraris. So why not Astons too?
Bosch believes in the electrification of the automobile, and even speed freaks have got to admit that hybrids are turning out to be a lot more exciting than low monthly gas bills.
Now just wait until they see what electric cars can do .