Aston Martin Valhalla is a next generation supercar
It’s a symphony of swoops and curves
This is the new Aston Martin Valhalla, the final production-ready version of the company’s latest hybrid supercar. The first iteration of Valhalla broke cover at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, way back in another era for both Aston Martin and the wider world. New management, ownership and strategy have all led to the Valhalla concept getting a thorough overhaul under the auspices of the company’s new CEO, Tobias Moers and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. The result is a supercar struck through with cutting edge tech, as befits a company that is now very much part of Formula One.
Valhalla will be powered by a bespoke twin turbo V8 in combination with two electric motors, a shift from the original plan to use an all-new Aston Martin-designed V6 hybrid. That engine concept is no more, so instead the V8 comes – suitably customised – from Mercedes-AMG, which already supplies a regular V8 for AM’s DB11, DBX and Vantage models. Under the skin, the Valhalla is closely related to the Valkyrie, the company’s flagship hypercar. Both have been shaped by Formula One technology and knowhow, particularly in terms of aerodynamics and materials, but the Valkyrie will be built in strictly limited numbers (150 road cars, plus a few variations), costing from around £2.5m. Valhalla exists in slightly less mythical realm, and production numbers should be substantially bigger, although you can still expect a high six figure price tag. It’s still very much a stepping stone on the way to a ‘regular’ mid-engined Aston, which should surface mid-decade in the form of the next-generation Vanquish.
The first thing to note is that the production Valhalla has ramped up the signature Aston Martin design cues, losing the concept’s rather anonymous, albeit striking, mid-engine layout and proportions. The cabin is wider and less of a squeeze than the concept, with a view to making it more of an everyday proposition. There’s a more prominent grille than on the original concept, referencing one of the marque’s defining qualities, and the headlights have also been made larger to balance this out. The lower body and rear end of the car are defined by great rippling swathes of carbon fibre to shape and steer the air towards the rear diffuser. By placing the aerodynamic surfaces closer to the ground, Aston Martin’s design team has been given the freedom to create a clean, dramatically proportioned body shape above. It’s a symphony of swoops and curves, with surfaces diving beneath one another as the panels make their way down the flanks of the car. The doors hinge forwards and cut into the roof for easier access to the as-yet unrevealed interior, and there’s plenty of exposed ultra-light carbon fibre, inside and out.
The 4.0 litre V8 develops 750 PS and is supplemented by an e-motor on the front and back axle, adding another 204 PS for a colossal combined power output. Despite the presence of batteries, the weight is still relatively low, and the plug-in hybrid system offers a modest zero-emission range of around 10 miles. With all systems turned up to max, there’s a promised 0-62mph sprint of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of around 217 mph. Weight saving include the ‘e-reverse’ mode which does away with a conventional reverse gear in favour of electric-only backward travel. That the Valhalla design places such emphasis on downforce is a key learning from Formula One; Aston Martin wants to increase the synergy between its mid-engined range and the racetrack. The company is emphatic that Valhalla is a car designed to be driven – preferably on a track.
We’re many months away from getting behind the wheel of this next generation machine. With form and spec locked in place, the company is starting the process of locking in the required function. Based on this reveal, there’s every indication that Aston Martin will continue to hold its head up high as a supplier of supreme objects of desire. §