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Malcolm Flynn | Jul, 20 2012 | 0 Comments

Future Aston Martin models could use Toyota engines, according to a recent report.

Dutch paper De Telegraaf suggest that the British marque is looking to Toyota for future high-performance engines, apparently expanding the relationship that started with the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet city car.

Current Aston Martin models (Cygnet aside) use Ford-sourced V8 and V12 engines, but this arrangement was given a shelf life when Ford sold off its majority share in Aston Martin in 2007.

The relatively low-volume manufacturer’s future drivetrain portfolio has been up in the air since a proposed platform and drivetrain sharing agreement with the Daimler-owned Maybach brand fell apart last year - along with Maybach itself.

This news follows reports earlier this week of Aston boss Ulrich Bez’ willingness to downsize his engine line-up.

Aston has already reduced the emissions of its V8 and V12 models by 25 percent over the last six years, but Bez suggested to UK mag Autocar that there is more to come.

“The job is not complete. Four or even three cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six cylinders, then it has to be looked at," Bez said.

Beyond reducing cylinder counts, an agreement with Toyota would also give the Aston Martin access to Toyota’s cache of cutting-edge hybrid technology.

At the other end of the spectrum, the 311kW Lexus IS F V8 and the 412kW Lexus LFA V10 offer an idea of the top-shelf powertrains that Toyota can offer the British marque.

Both brands have yet to make any official comment on these rumours, but keep an eye on TMR for any updates.

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