Aston Martin has finally unveiled the production version of the Valhalla, with a twin-turbo V8 and a plug-in hybrid system.
L’Aston Martin Valhalla will have had a complicated genesis. Announced as the ” valkyrie girl »And presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019, it almost went by the wayside when Aston Martin experienced major financial woes in 2020. But with the takeover of the British manufacturer by the Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, and the takeover of Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin can go ahead and relaunch its ambitious plans. The brand presents today the production version of the supercar, which will compete with the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, among others.
The main difference with the concept unveiled in 2019 (named AM-RB 003 because it was developed in collaboration with Red Bull) is under the hood: there will ultimately be no no in-house turbo V6. In its place, we find a well-known 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8: it is that of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. Modified by Aston Martin, it develops here 750 ch.
And if you were afraid that this announced power is a little tight, do not panic. The V8 will be supported by a plug-in hybrid system consisting of two electric motors (one at the front and one at the rear), and a battery capable of autonomy the 15 km in 100% electric mode. The system will add 204 hp to the whole, for a combined power of 950 hp! Not very far from the 1000 hp of its popular rival, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.
Outside too, the Valhalla has evolved quite a bit since its very first appearance. The whole looks more civilized, with a conventional spoiler at the rear and the typical grilleof the brand’s models. But the carbon shell hasn’t changed, and the inspiration from the Valkyrie is evident. The aerodynamic work is consistent, with a beautiful carbon blade at the front, very worked rocker panels, and above all a floor dedicated entirely to support with a huge diffuser at the rear. Aston Martin announces elsewhere 600 kg of aerodynamic downforce at 240 km / h: impressive! Hence an announced objective of 6mn30s on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The current record holder (in the Valhalla category), a Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR, the loop in 6mn43s: a chasm!
On the weight side, Aston Martin has done everything to limit overweight despite the batteries. The final weight goal is set at 1 550 kg, all in all quite reasonable in the face of its competition. All means have been implemented: carbon hull and bodywork, exhausts coming out on the roof, and stripped interior. The latter has yet to be presented, but it should be an evolution of the one seen on Concept 003.
And if the Aston Martin Valhalla tempts you, good news: it is no question of limiting production 500 copies, as was the case initially. Aston Martin does not, however, communicate on the prices of its new supercar … The Valhalla is not expected before 2023 for the delivery of the first copies to customers.
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