Aston Martin continues its shift towards mid-rear engines. After Valkyrie, now it’s the turn ofAston Martin Valhalla 2024 emerging, but with significant changes from the original concept.
In 2020, Aston Martin launched the first prototype of Valhalla, a foreign car whose unusual English lines are usually translated into Aston Martin. At that time, we were talking about a car that would have a hybrid V6 developed by Aston Martin and, above all, a price that would change around 1.3 million US dollars. Now that Tobias Moers has taken over from Andy Palmer as general manager, the concept is going in a different technical direction.
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In terms of design, we maintain the key elements of the car, but the changes remain significant. At the front, the radiator grille includes thin horizontal strips of chrome specific to the brand. The base of the hood, at the intersection of the windshield, has also been completely redesigned, as it has a low-angular shape of optical units that work 100% with LEDs.
At the back, we stay close to the original model with very thin lights made up of ten LED tips. The idea is taken from the story of Vulcan and Victor. The aileron marries the wings while we notice the absence of the bezel. Instead, there are two snorkel-type exhaust pipes. In order to improve the air flow under the car, a diffuser placed like a bumper is needed.
Tobias Moers summarizes his thoughts on the Valhalla: “Retaining the essence of a unique concept car is important when it comes to production. With Valhalla, we didn’t stay true to the idea of building a world-class Exotic, we exceeded our goals. »
Currently, the manufacturer has not revealed the picture of the passenger compartment. However, we can expect to find a small soul as in the example. Aston Martin promises a more complete kit with various accessories such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as an overview of driver assistance and assistive technology.
Plug-in hybrid guest
The Valhalla is made almost entirely of carbon fiber. This fact allows him to have an expected mass of only 1,550 kg. To move the car, Aston Martin has abandoned the idea of connecting its V6 hybrid. Not surprisingly, we once again turn to AMG partners. The two manufacturers have been working together for several years now and we should not forget that Moers is the former boss of AMG.
So we get a 4.0 liter V8, but assisted by two electric motors on each axle. It is also the same hybrid system that we will soon see in the new generation Mercedes-AMG C63. The V8 alone is capable of 750 horsepower and even goes so far as to include a flat crankshaft for even greater response. This power is reserved for the rear axle only.
Being a hybrid, we also find the presence of electric motors powered by a 150 kilowatt/400 Volt battery system. These provide an additional 204 horsepower and bring the Valhalla’s total power count to 950 horsepower. As for torque, the measurement is 738 foot-pounds (1,000 newton meters). Power is sent to the wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Aston Martin advertises a 100% electric range of 15 kilometers and the possibility of driving up to a maximum of 130 km / h in electric mode. With all engines open, 0-100 km/h will be a matter of 2.5 seconds and an expected speed of 330 km/h.
The first copies of the Aston Martin Valhalla will be delivered at the end of 2023, so there is still some time before we see the car. However, there is good news, the production will not be limited to only 500 copies. Another good news, and it is great, the price goes from 1.3 million to “only” 800,000 US $! It is still a “saving” of half a million dollars!