Aston Martin and Bosch Engineering have teamed up to create a DB9 plug-in hybrid prototype to showcase the driving dynamics potential of plug-in hybrids.
The DB9 plug-in hybrid prototype has a 6.0-liter V12 engine and three electric motors – pair of 85kW electric motors to power front wheels and a smaller 25kW electric motor next to the Aston’s V12 – keeping the engine belt turning so the power steering and other ancillaries can do their jobs even in all-electric mode.
This setup enables the DB9 plug-in hybrid to produce more than 740 bhp (230bhp more than is available in the standard car), accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in approximately 3.7 seconds and have an electric-only range in excess of 16 miles (25.7 km).
The DB9 plug-in hybrid’s electric motors are driven by a 180kWh lithium-ion battery located just ahead of the rear axle.
The Aston Martin DB9 plug-in hybrid prototype was built as a showcase for what Bosch technology can do for existing performance cars.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]