Aston Martin DB11 engine building process revealed

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With production of the DB11's new twin-turbo V12 engine underway at Aston Martin's engineering plant in Cologne, Germany, enthusiasts have been granted a glimpse into its complex construction.

At AMEP, as it is known, a team of over 100 highly-skilled employees work on building 8,000 powertrains each year.

The latest to enter the line-up, the 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, features intelligent cylinder bank activation and stop/start technology.

It takes eight hours to build just one of the engines – a task that is completed by a single engineer in order to achieve "high levels of quality and consistency".

After the engine has been built, it is then subjected to hot and cold testing, before it is shipped to be fitted into the vehicle.

Aston Martin DB11 engine building process revealed

Aston Martin DB11 engine building process revealed


"AMEP is one of our great success stories and one of the jewels in the Aston Martin crown," the brand's President and CEO, Andy Palmer, said of the plant.

"To have the ability to design and then manufacture our own high-performance engines in-house is something very special. It gives us ultimate control of quality and that all-important character for which Aston Martin cars are renowned."

When the DB11 goes on sale later this year, it will take the title of the most powerful production DB model ever, producing 599 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque.

The £154,900 model will be able to reach 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds, continuing to push to a top speed of 200 mph.