Call it Volante. Call it whatever they want. Just build this.
Earlier this month, Aston Martin made something official: the name of its next hypercar. What was once known as the AM-RB003 is officially the Valhalla, of which just 500 examples are slated to be built. Deliveries will commence in late 2021. Like the also upcoming Valkyrie, the Valhalla is a Formula 1-derived, mid-engined hypercar and is being designed in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Although the Valkyrie will remain Aston Martin’s hypercar flagship, the Valhalla will still pack quite a punch: the firm’s new hybrid turbo V6. As of this writing, full technical specs are being kept secret, but it will be less powerful than the Valkyrie’s expected 1,160 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. But as of now, Aston Martin has only made reference to a Valhalla coupe, nothing mentioned about a potential topless variant.
Perhaps a Valhalla Volante should become a reality and after seeing this new rendering by artist Aksyonov Nikita, via Behance, chances are you’ll agree. Volante is, of course, the term Aston Martin uses for all of its topless models so if there’s a plan to slice off the Valhalla’s roof, we doubt some other name would be applied.
Looking more closely at this rendering, the one thing it doesn’t make clear is how the hardtop’s butterfly doors would transfer over. Obviously it’s entirely possible (just look at McLaren) to incorporate this door design sans roof, but it would likely require some additional structural reinforcement, likely at the A pillars. And therein lies the problem, structural changes.
We don’t know whether AM designed the Valhalla to be topless from the get-go. If not, then it wouldn’t make much sense to proceed with the project due to cost and whether there’s a justifiable business case. There’s also the factor of Valhalla coupe’s exclusivity. Because of its 500-unit limit, customers are expecting something truly unique. A Valhalla Volante, even with a small production cap, could dilute future values.
This is pure speculation on our part but what is certain is that a Valhalla Volante would look stunning. It’s just a shame there are several potential barriers standing in its way.