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This Is What It Looks Like When An Aston Martin V12 Grenades Itself

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There’s a certain amount of cringe factor when it comes to expensive things meeting their end in an undignified way. It’s the train wreck that you would never wish on your worst enemy, but for some reason, can never look away from. Case in point: this Aston Martin V12 that met its untimely end with its internal engine components shitting the bed, carnage aplenty. You have been warned.


The early model 2005-2006 Aston Martin DB9 was one of the best looking and sounding cars ever made. It has no bad lines, and its subdued yet powerful exhaust note meant that its performance, much like the Wu Tang Clan, wasn’t nothing to fuck with.


However, it did have an Achilles’ heel in the fact that Aston Martin quietly told its hard-of-hearing owners to change the oil every 10,000 miles, which led to problems with some cars having serious oil starvation issues from a design defect that didn’t allow for changes in oil viscosity over time.

What this essentially means, to the layperson, is that the engine, while usually providing plenty of oil to lube all the metal bits spinning at tremendous speeds, would stop providing the precious lube in key areas.

If the engine is revved with no oil in it, you’d have direct metal on metal contact and the high-strung components would unravel in a matter of seconds, which is exactly what we have in this video, with the last two cylinders on each bank of Aston Martin’s hand-build 6.0 liter V12 completely and utterly destroying themselves while notably pissed-off mechanics complain about the build quality of a $150,000 supercar.

The carnage starts at 7:43.


Tavarish writes and makes videos about fixing and modifying cars on the internet. Sometimes they actually run.

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