Mercedes has yet to confirm it will be pulling most of its V-8–powered portfolio in the U.S. for the next model year, but the company has not denied reports that it will be doing so. On the other hand, we have some good news for those considering the purchase of even more luxurious vehicles featuring the same powerplant: confirmation from Aston Martin that it is not affected by any supply issues.
Aston uses the 4.0-liter AMG-built twin-turbo V-8 in the majority of its current production, the bought-in engine powering the Vantage, less powerful versions of the DB11, and the recently launched DBX SUV. It has even managed to make the high-bred powerplant work with a clutch and stick shift in the soon-to-be-discontinued Vantage manual. Last year Aston used more than 2500 of them in its various models, and the increasing sales of the DBX means the total this year will almost certainly be higher.
But while Mercedes seems to be struggling to get V-8s into the hands of buyers, even those in parts of the world (like the U.S.) currently unconstrained by increasingly stringent fleet economy standards, Aston says it isn’t facing any shortages. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.