And it continues a long-standing Aston Martin tradition.
At the time, the latter was only known by its internal codename: the AM-RB 003. Now, Aston Martin has confirmed what its new mid-engine hypercar will be called when it enters production: say hello to the Valhalla. Yes, the rumors were right. Named after the warrior's paradise celebrated in ancient Norse mythology, the Valhalla continues Aston Martin's long-running tradition of Aston Martin 'V' cars.
The Vantage designation was first assigned to high-performance variants of the DB2 back in 1952. Though actual Vantage badging was never applied, the name stuck. The first time the Vantage name appeared was on the flanks of the DB5 and was used as a name to distinguish the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a separate model line.
"Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention. They do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story. In following the Valkyrie we knew the Aston Martin Valhalla needed to make a strong statement of its own, yet also offer continuity and a clear connection," said Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer. "Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie's theme. For those fortunate enough to own one I'm sure they will recognize and appreciate the name's connotations of glory and happiness, for there can be few more hallowed places than the driver's seat of an Aston Martin Valhalla."
Like the Valkyrie, the Valhalla is being designed in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and will incorporate concepts and technologies from Formula One. Compared to the Valkyrie, the Valhalla will be more practical for the road and have a more spacious and comfortable cabin.
Power will be sourced from Aston Martin's new hybrid turbo V6 engine, but full technical specifications are being kept under wraps. Expect it to be less powerful than the range-topping Valkyrie, which delivers a combined 1,160 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Production of the Valhalla will be limited to 500 coupes, with customer deliveries slated to start in late 2021.