Aston Martin has finally unveiled the production-spec model of its first-ever plug-in hybrid car, the Valhalla. Previewed first as the RB-003 concept at Geneva Motor Show in 2019, the new Aston Martin Valhalla has been showcased at the Silverstone headquarters of Aston Martin’s factory-backed F1 team, which is going to make its debut in the British Grand Prix.
Compared to the Valkyrie and even its concept version which was unveiled in 2019, the production-spec Aston Martin Valhalla looks lesser dramatic and cleaner, but continues to have the special hyper-car stance. However, the car has a smooth, low-slung and very aerodynamic design, with the major highlights of it being a forward hinged dihedral doors and swooping roofline towards the rear with a roof scoop on it.
And that’s not all, for the Aston Martin Valhalla continues its special presence with additional bits like a wider wraparound grille, vertically laid and rounded Matrix LED headlamps, massive rear spoiler. Being a true hypercar, the Valhalla has been given heavily sporty treatment to the rear diffuser, side skirts, rear view mirrors and active vents and intakes. The car sits on 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear, all of which get high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres.
While not much details have been disclosed about the interior, Aston Martin claims that the Valhalla, being a hypercar, will have a truly driver-focused cabin, with a pared back design for the cockpit. Needless to say, the cabin will be a more feature-rich and spacious place to be in when compared to that of the Valkyrie.
Engine and Performance
Instead of getting the 3.0-liter V6 engine from the concept, the production-spec Valhalla has got a ‘first-for-Aston Martin’ hybrid engine. The powertrain is a combination of a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged petrol engine from Mercedes AMG division and a twin electric motor setup with one motor on each of the axles.
The powertrain, in combined mode, makes a total power output of 950 bhp and is capable of hitting the 100 kmph mark from standstill in just 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 330 kmph. An 8-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox is paired to the engine as the standard transmission option, and comes with an electronic limited slip differential. The other major technical highlights of the engine are a flat-plane crank and lightweight exhaust system with adjustable flaps.
The Aston Martin Valhalla can be used in the pure electric mode as well, in which the car can do a distance of 15 km and a top speed of 130 kmph, and uses only the front mounted motor while doing so.
With an extensive use of carbon fiber for its chassis, the Aston Martin Valhalla tips the weighing scales at just 1,550 kg, due to which the company is claiming the segment-best power-to-weight ratio for the car.
The aerodynamic styling of the Valhalla includes huge venturi channels below its body, an active front splitter and rear spoiler, all of which work together to generate 600 kg of downforce. The suspension combination of the car consists of pushrods at the front and multi-link at the rear, with inboard-mounted dampers and springs.
While the chassis of the Valhalla has been stiffened and lowered in ‘track’ mode suiting its hypercar traits, the suspension can be raised as and when required, making it practical enough to regular roads.
At the time of the unveiling of the concept, Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin, claimed that the Valhalla will be the best at EUR 1 million (roughly around Rs. 10.32 crore). This expected price point positions the Aston Martin Valhalla below the Valkyrie. The car will be launched in the second half of 2023.