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Aston Martin’s radical Valhalla supercar will enter production next year, packing 1000bhp from a hybridised V8 and using a chassis set-up inspired by Formula 1 cars. 

As the Gaydon company's first plug-in hybrid model, the Valhalla "heralds a new definition of Aston Martin", according to the firm as it transitions from pure combustion, to hybrid, to electric vehicles.

The exclusive model (just 999 models will be made) also forms an integral part of the brand’s bold 'Project Horizon' transformation plan. 

Having already released the new Aston Martin DB12 and the ultra-exclusive V12-engined Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar, Aston will launch as many as eight new cars by 2026 – including replacements for today’s Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin DBS models, and variants (for example, Volante models) of its popular cars.

Now, with a release imminent, prototype models of the mid-engine Ferrari SF90 Stradale rival have been testing at Silverstone. Real world tests will begin in the new year.

Aston Martin Valhalla testing Silvertone front 3/4

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but Autocar understands the previously mooted £1 million price tag has been slashed, with the firm instead opting for a price between £600,000 and £700,000. 

Influence by Formula 1

One of the biggest influences in the Valhalla’s two-year transformation from the RB-003 Geneva concept to production has been Aston’s new factory-backed F1 team, learnings from which are said to have informed almost every aspect of the car. 

Notably, the Valhalla – unlike the 2019 concept – is not powered by a bespoke, Aston Martin-developed V6 as was originally planned. Instead, the Valhalla follows Aston Martin Vantage in adopting a powertrain supplied by technical partner Mercedes-Benz; more specifically, the AMG performance division's twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, which revs to 7200rpm and drives the rear axle through an all-new bespoke eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which will also be used on other future Aston Martin models. 


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Like AMG's GT Black Series, the Valhalla's V8 features a flat-plane crank and is said to be "the most advanced, responsive and highest-performing V8 engine ever fitted to an Aston Martin". It also breathes through a lightweight exhaust system that exits through the top of the rear deck and contains adjustable flaps that give "an authentic Aston Martin sound character". 

Aston Martin Valhalla testing Silvertone

Where the Valhalla most obviously differs, technically, from Aston's current crop of sports cars is in the adoption of a pair of electric motors, one on the rear axle just behind the mid-mounted V8 and another at the front - combining to produce 201bhp and endowing the Valhalla with dead-on 1000bhp - making it well placed to take on the similarly conceived SF90, its closest rival.

Aston reckons this is sufficient for a 0-62mph time of 2.5sec, a top speed of 217mph and, crucially, a targeted record-breaking Nürburgring lap time of 6min 30sec. 

Like the SF90, the Valhalla uses only its front electric motor to drive in pure EV mode, which it can do for eight miles and at speeds of up to 80mph, but in normal driving situations, electric power is split across both axles as needed to supplement the V8's output. It reverses exclusively in electric mode, too, saving weight by negating the need for a conventional reverse gear in the eight-speed DCT, which has been fitted with an electronic limited-slip differential to improve traction and agility and can offer up two gears at once to allow the EV and combustion motors to operate in tandem. 

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Housing the all-new powertrain is a bespoke carbonfibre tub that gives "maximum stiffness with minimum weight penalty". A targeted dry weight of 1550kg will give the Valhalla "an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio compared to its class rivals", said Aston Martin, while aerodynamic-enhancing bodywork elements – including huge venturi channels underneath and an active front splitter and rear wing – inspired by the Valkyrie's F1-style set-up are claimed to generate 600kg of downforce at 150mph. 

Aston martin valhalla production spec

Pushrod suspension features at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, with dampers and springs mounted inboard to reduce unsprung mass, The entire set-up is stiffened and “dramatically” lowered in Track mode and can be raised at low speed to clear speed bumps. 

By using more subtle bodywork elements to enhance downforce, Aston Martin's designers were given free rein for the overall silhouette, without the need for such dramatic wings, intakes and outlets as on the Valkyrie. The design is much cleaner, more overtly road-focused and extensively altered from that of the concept. 

The prominent roof scoop, forward-hinged dihedral doors, swooping rear deck and one-piece rear wing remain, but a completely new treatment for the front, rear and side bring the supercar into line with its more mainstream siblings. 

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A wraparound version of Aston's trademark grille features at the front, for example, below larger, rounder matrix LED headlights, while the rear diffuser has been heavily toned down for a more production-friendly set-up. There is a more angular-looking side skirt, too, sharper side vent designs and, obviously, wing mirrors, which were absent from the show car.

The production-spec wheels, meanwhile, are 20in in diameter at the front and 21in at the rear and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres. 

Inside the Valhalla offers a “pared back cockpit design with clear, simple ergonomics unashamedly focused around the driver”, Aston says, complete with a squared steering wheel – near-identical to the Valkyrie, but without the central display.

It is also more spacious and civilised than its sibling, with additions such as an infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – shown stored away in our pictures – dual-zone air conditioning, a rear-view camera and a raft of advanced driver aids strengthening its on-road credentials. 

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The need to differentiate from Valkyrie

Chief creative officer Marek Reichman explained how the Valhalla’s different positioning from the Valkyrie necessitated a unique design approach: “When we created the Valhalla concept, we were keen to emphasise the design legacy of the  Valkyrie and that intent remains unchanged, but the execution has evolved considerably in order to reach production of this all-new car.

"Though the legacy of Valkyrie is clear, Valhalla is now a more mature, fully resolved piece of design.”

Additional reporting by Will Rimell

Felix Page

Felix Page
Title: Deputy editor

Felix is Autocar's deputy editor, responsible for leading the brand's agenda-shaping coverage across all facets of the global automotive industry - both in print and online.

He has interviewed the most powerful and widely respected people in motoring, covered the reveals and launches of today's most important cars, and broken some of the biggest automotive stories of the last few years. 

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Speedraser 26 August 2022

That they have to say it will have "an authentic Aston Martin sound character" says it all. Because it doesn't have an Aston Martin engine. An Aston Martin MUST imo have an Aston Martin engine. This has a Mercedes engine, and that's beyond shameful, no matter how good the engine is. Does the SF90, or ANY Ferrari, have someone else's bought-in engine? OF COURSE NOT. The absurdity of such a notion is obvious. It's just as absurd for Aston Martin. 

martin_66 26 August 2022

Did you say that when the DB9's engine was made in a factory in Germany, I wonder.

jason_recliner 1 September 2022

When motors are electric in a few years nobody will care who makes them. AM is ahead of the curve this time.

martin_66 26 August 2022
Oh dear. An Aston Martin with an Austin Allegro steering wheel. Think I’ll pass.
bol 26 August 2022

Am I the only one who thinks that from the front it looks (in an evolutionary sense) like the Tesla Model 3's ancient ancestor that first emerged from the water?