Aston Martin Valhalla is a 937-hp, twin-turbo V8 hybrid hypercar


Do you remember the Valhalla? First revealed by Aston Martin in March 2019 as the AM-RB 003, it is a mid-engined supercar that was originally intended to receive an in-house designed twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain. Those plans were scrapped earlier this year, with newly appointed CEO Tobias Moers confirming that the car would use an original Mercedes-AMG engine instead. Now we can finally see the new design in its entirety. The specs are outrageous.

Just as we expected, the Valhalla will have a version of the widely used Mercedes 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 mounted behind the cabin. Like the variant found in the Nürburgring lap record holder AMG GT Black Series, it will feature a flat crank and revs at 7,200 rpm. Engine power alone is rated at 740 hp, but that’s not the only source of thrust on board. An electric motor is mounted on each axle to assist the internal combustion engine, adding an additional 201 combined horsepower to the mix, for a total of 937 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque.

In electric-only mode, power from the 400-volt battery system is sent only to the front-mounted electric motor, meaning this is the second front-wheel drive Aston Martin (after the iconic Cygnet sedan based on Toyota). The top speed in EV mode is 80 mph and the range is estimated at just nine miles. The transmission of power from the ICE to the rear wheels is a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that does not have reverse gear. As on the equally complex 986 hp Ferrari SF90 Stradale, reverse gear is managed by on-board electric motors, which saves weight in the gearbox.

With everything running at full throttle, the Valhalla will be able to sprint to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph, Aston Martin says. The company is also aiming for a Nürburgring lap time of 6:30 to 13 seconds faster than the current production car record.

The Valhalla will use a carbon fiber monocoque to maximize chassis stiffness, paired with an F1-inspired pushrod suspension up front and a multi-link setup at the rear. There are Multimatic source adaptive springs and dampers at all four corners and a standard front axle lift system for tackling difficult inclines. The 20-inch offset wheels up front and 21-inch rear wheels are wrapped in Michelin tires developed specifically for the car. They wrap the standard carbon-ceramic brakes controlled by a cable brake setup.

Aston Martin says it’s aiming for a dry weight of 3,417 pounds for the Valhalla, an impressive feat considering all the hybrid tech on board. Instead of adding a large wing for downforce, the car will use its underbody venturi tunnels to get the job done, with an expected downforce of 1,322 pounds at top speed.

Aston Martin hasn’t released a price tag for the Valhalla, but seeing how well it matches the half-million-dollar Ferrari SF90 in terms of equipment and performance, we wouldn’t expect it to be. it is much cheaper. The company initially said the Valhalla would arrive in dealerships from late 2021, but that was before the V-6 to V-8 went up. Hopefully the company is still on track for deliveries by the end of the year. We can’t wait to drive this thing.

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