Mark your calendars for 2025.
After what can only be described as one of the most painful and drawn-out development cycles for a supercar in recent memory, the Aston Martin Valhalla was finally revealed in production form last month, complete with a new V8 engine and a refreshed design. It's taken so long that by the time it gets to be seen in the similarly delayed new 007 film No Time To Die, it'll debut on the silver screen with its old design. Nevertheless, it remains a hotly anticipated offering, and this month we learned that the car will be limited to 999 units instead of the original planned run of 500, and will be produced over two years as a regular model rather than a special limited run vehicle. The limited production run sparked debate, with Autocar wondering if the reason for a two-year run was because the Valhalla would be obsolete by 2025. Tobias Moers was all too happy to confirm this is not the case.
Fortunately, the news is good: "Not at all," said Moers. "But we have a cycle plan and something else will have come along by then." So the Valhalla will be produced over two years in greater numbers than originally planned but will still be special and limited. However, what we're reading from Moers' comments is that Aston Martin is already looking beyond 2025 when the Valhalla will likely be replaced by something just as special. What this means is that the Aston range will no longer be made up predominantly of "regular" sports and supercars and will now include something crazy and special like the Valhalla for some time to come.
We suspect that the Valhalla's replacement will be a little more dependent on electrification but will continue to offer breathtaking performance and stunning design. It makes sense for Aston Martin to continue to offer something at the hypercar level, especially if its exploits in the LMDh prototype category with the Valkyrie are to continue. That car has also suffered many setbacks and Aston's participation in motorsport with it hasn't been explicitly spoken of much of late. Nevertheless, it seems that the Valkyrie will stick around at least in principle long after 2025, even if its replacement has a different name. We look forward to seeing what the "something else" that Moers teased may be, and hopefully, Aston Martin's ambitions don't outweigh its abilities this time around.