AutoIndustriya.com / Newspress | March 15, 2017 11:54
Following the AM Valkyrie, a fleet of mid-engined supercars may arrive soon
After the launch of Aston Martin's first mid-engined supercar, the 862 PS Valkyrie, the British marque is reportedly making a fleet of mid-engined supercars planned for the future. Following the Valkyrie, the next mid-engined Aston Martin vehicle is set to be a less powerful sibling to the current Valkyrie.
"Valkyrie is the start of a mid-engine dynasty, if you want to call it that," CEO Andy Palmer said in an interview. "The reason we’re doing it is to create a halo car, but also to create DNA for a mid-engined sports-car range."
Reports suggest that performance wise, the “baby brother” of the Valkyrie will be powered by a V12 engine, rather than a Daimler-sourced V8 found on other models, and will have a manual transmission. Having a manual transmission would give the Valkyrie's younger sibling an advantage as compared to its competitors. The design and power would reportedly be proportionally to that of McLaren's 720S and the Ferrari 488 GTB.
No other info has been revealed but the vehicle is set to be launched a year after the supposed DBX Crossover, towards the end of 2020. Development will be lead by Max Szwaj from Ferrari, and will be working together with chief designer Marek Reichman. From what the Valkyrie has shown us, expect the new model to be as stunning.