Production of the Aston Martin Vanquish’s 5.9 litre V12 engine will soon be leaving the UK. Production of the engine, which provides the Vanquish with its 190mph top-speed, will halt at its current home in Northampton, UK. Beginning at the end of next year, production of the V12 engine will take place at Ford’s factory in Cologne, Germany.
The move takes place, as Aston’s Gaydon facility prepares for the construction of the recently announced V8 Vantage model, a direct competitor for the hugely successful Porsche 911 series. The V8 Vantage is scheduled for release in 2005, making it the current favourite for James Bond’s motor in Bond 21.