If there’s one car Aston Martin has been working on for a very long time, it’s the Valhalla hypercar. The British marque has had the mid-engine hypercar in development since 2019. Nearly two years later, and it’s finally here. While there are big changes compared to the 2019 concept, it’s still electrically assisted.
First off, the design. The concept showed a vehicle that looked a lot like a road-going Le Man's car. However, the production model Valhalla reveals drastic changes in the styling department. Gone are the small headlights, and in their place are larger units. The front bumper also adopts the signature Aston Martin grille design. Even the fender vents and body lines on the side were reshaped, likely to improve aerodynamics. It’s only the rear-end that remains relatively unchanged.
Powering the Valhalla is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Aston Martin bills it as a “bespoke” power unit. The automaker adds that it even has a flat-plan crankshaft for increased responsiveness, allowing it to rev up to 7200 RPM. The V8 is assisted by a pair of electric motors, one for each axle. Combined output is rated at 950 horsepower and 1,000 Nm torque.
An 8-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power down to the wheels. With 950 horsepower available, it allows the Aston Martin hypercar to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed is rated at 350 km/h. Perhaps the most impressive performance number is the Valhalla’s targeted Nurburgring lap time – 6 minutes 30 seconds. If it does hit the time, it would beat the Manthey Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series as the fastest production car on the Ring.
Outside of performance, the electric motors can work alone without the V8. It’s not much, but the 150kW/400V battery pack allows around 15 km of pure electric driving. Even without the engine, the Valhalla can still hit a maximum of 130 km/h.
Despite the changes, the Valhalla still looks good in production form. More importantly, it has the power to match. With that, we wouldn’t be surprised if Agent 007 choose the Aston Martin Valhalla as his next ride. It would suit him perfectly, don’t you agree?