A new concept has been presented that reveals what powertrain the hypercar is getting.
The Aston Martin Valhalla has been delayed countless times, just like the James Bond film it's set to feature in. The delays meant that the car we originally thought would be powered by a V6 hybrid powerplant was then rumored to get Mercedes-AMG power. Aston Martin's CEO, Tobias Moers, all but confirmed this in February, but he did make sure that we knew this would still be a hybrid vehicle. Fortunately, we no longer have to speculate as Aston Martin today provided an updated concept and delivered the news that the hypercar would indeed be getting electrified V8 power.
Moers says that the Valhalla will deliver on all its promises: "Preserving the essence of an exceptional concept car is vital when meeting the challenge of bringing it into production. With Valhalla not only have we stayed true to our commitment to build a world-beating supercar, but we have exceeded our original aims. The result is a pure driving machine - one which exists right at the cutting edge of performance and technology yet allows the driver to feel the emotion and thrill of complete connection and control." So let's dive in and see what we've got here, starting with that new powertrain.
Valhalla features three motors, the most powerful of which is a rear-mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. That sounds very Mercedes, but Aston says this engine is bespoke. With a flat-plane crank, it's the "most advanced, responsive, and highest performing V8 engine" ever fitted to an Aston Martin. It revs to 7,200 rpm and produces 740 horsepower on its own steam, all of which goes to the rear axle. Top-exit tailpipes finish off the exhaust, which is both lightweight and features active flaps.
Along with the V8, you get a 150-kW battery hybrid system with two electric motors, one for each axle. This system adds another 201 hp for a total of 937 hp. That's definitely worth getting excited about.
As you'd expect, there's an EV mode that, when active, powers the front axle exclusively, while other driving modes see the percentage of power sent to each axle varying, depending on the driving demands. In certain situations, the Valhalla can direct 100% of its battery power to the rear axle for maximum performance.
Helping manage all this power is an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic that has been developed specifically for a hybrid powertrain. It features an electronic limited-slip diff for enhanced handling and no reverse gear, as the electric motors can easily handle backing up. This saves weight and makes the most of the electric system.
The EV mode is also noteworthy for its ability to do motorway speeds - a maximum of 80 mph is possible, although maximum range in this mode is just nine miles. But this is a performance car, so you likely don't care about that. Instead, you'll be more interested in the fact that the e-motors act as torque fillers for the V8 and can run in different gears to the V8 in the DCT system simultaneously, allowing for a maximum torque delivery of 738 lb-ft of torque.
So what about acceleration and top speed? Well, these are unlikely to disappoint.
The sprint from 0-62 mph takes just 2.5 seconds and top speed is rated at 217 mph. Aston Martin aims to take the Valhalla to the Nurburgring too, where it will aim for a time of 6:30 around the Nordschleife. As for the rest of the highlights, the Valhalla is getting a new carbon-fiber tub for maximum stiffness with minimal weight, Formula One-style pushrod front suspension with inboard mounted springs and dampers, multilink suspension at the rear, Multimatic variable spring rates, and adaptive spool valve dampers. Thanks to these, Track mode will see the ride height "dramatically reduced", while street driving offers a nose-lifting system for help with tricky bumps.
Carbon ceramic 'Matrix' brakes are fitted too, as are Valhalla-specific Michelin tires (20 inches in front and 21s at the rear). Aston is aiming to keep weight for the hypercar below 3,417 pounds and claims that the car's meticulously sculpted body can produce an impressive 1,322 lbs of downforce at 150 mph. It does this despite no protruding wings, but there's still drama here with dihedral doors boasting roof cutouts for easier ingress and egress. The car will be offered as both a left-hand and right-hand drive vehicle and it will offer more room than the Valkyrie, although the F1 influence continues inside.
There are no images of the cabin, but Aston promises a new AM HMI system with a central touchscreen boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The F1 influence shines through in the adjustable pedals and steering column that enable fixed seat bases. The footwells have been raised too, making it feel all the more like a race car.
Despite the unusual seating position, you get some luxuries like dual-zone automatic climate control, full LED Matrix headlights with auto high-beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and the obligatory rearview camera, which can be upgraded to a surround-view system at an extra cost.
Despite all this new information, Aston Martin has not revealed when we can expect to see the final product, but with F1 drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, and Lance Stroll offering their insights to the development team, you can bet that when it finally arrives, the Valhalla will be worth the wait.