Like everything in the tech world, the automotive industry is undergoing its own technological downsizing. While cars in certain markets seem to be getting larger, their engines are becoming smaller, more fuel-efficient and more powerful. Such is the pervasiveness of this progression that even niche players like Aston Martin, which currently only offers V8 and V12 engines, will likely have to starting thinking small.
Speaking with Autocar, Aston Martin’s CEO, Ulrich Bez, said the automaker’s engines could shrink even further in effort to improve fuel-efficiency and performance, so long as such a move doesn’t dilute its brand image. An Aston Martin with a three or four cylinders engine? The Cygnet (a Toyota iQ with an Aston Martin badge) aside, that’s something we might see more often in the future.
“The job is not complete,” Bez told Autocar. “Four or even three-cylinders are possible. If the spirit of the times demands six-cylinders, then it has to be looked at.”