Aston Martin Valhalla, many innovations compared to the concept car

Aston Martin Valhalla, many innovations compared to the concept car

Aston Martin Valhalla

Two years after the first presentations, Aston Martin has significantly revised its mid-engined hypercar called Valhalla, confirming the nomenclature inspired by Nordic myths. With the previous Valkyrie it not only has Viking origins in common but several visual solutions and dream performances. Again, we are talking about a car capable of reaching 1,000 horsepower and reaching 330 km / h. Acceleration is no exception, with a 0-100 announced in just 2.5 seconds.

We were talking about the changes made to the first concept version: these focus essentially on the engine. Which remains centrally positioned but with more power as it moves from the announced V6 to a more traditional (and appreciated) AMG four-liter twin-turbo V8. Not surprisingly, a large part of the new Aston Martin management comes from the famous former German tuner. In addition to the petrol engine, since we are talking about a hybrid powertrain, we will have an electric motor positioned on the front axle.

Overall, the two engines (when working together) are capable of producing 937 horsepower. Alternatively, for example, if it is necessary to cross areas with restrictive limits on pollution, it is possible to use only the electric motor for short distances. Where by "short" we mean "really short" given that the Aston Martin Valhalla does not travel more than 15km on one charge. Obviously, the maximum speed also drops a lot using electric traction alone, which does not go beyond 130 km per hour.

On a technological level, in addition to offering the inevitable driving aids and cruise control Aston Martin has concentrated on adapting various technologies applied to Formula 1. Aerodynamics, for example, are active and in able to produce (at least according to official announcements) 600 kg of additional load at 240 km per hour so as to always keep the car glued to the road. Finally, the weight was contained within 1550 kg despite the presence of the two thermal and electric engines.

And now we come to the price with excellent news for all millionaires, movie stars and famous football players. From the abundant million anticipated in recent months, we have fallen to around 800,000 Dollars which at the current exchange rate is almost 680,000 Euros. Moreover, production will no longer be limited to 500 units, but we will have to wait until 2023 for their arrival on the market.

The Aston Martin Valhalla Could Be the Next King of the Ring

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  • The Aston Martin Valhalla is a PHEV supercar with 937 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque from two electric motors and a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8.

  • The eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission lacks a reverse gear because the car uses its hybrid system to back up.

  • Aston Martin is targeting a 6:30 lap around the Nurburgring, which would make it the quickest production car to date.

  • While most of us have been waiting for Aston Martin’s outlandish Valkyrie to make its way to your local cars and coffee, Aston Martin has also been working on a slightly more reasonable supercar for the relative masses. Dubbed the Valhalla, this hybrid supercar takes aim at the some of world’s best, and has Aston Martin targeting a 6:30 lap around the Nurburgring, which would best the recently placed Porsche GT2 RS’s lap by 13 seconds. Or, in other words, will be blistering quick.

    Unlike the naturally aspirated V12-powered Valkyrie, the Valhalla supercar uses a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with hybrid tech. Despite the lack of cylinders compared to the Valkyrie, the power should be good enough to handle the daily grind: 937 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are impressive, but the hybrid system does more than just inflate the combined figures. At low speed, the two electric motors, one mounted at the front axle and a second at the rear, help supplement the 4.0-liter V8. These motors can also carry the Valhalla to 80 mph in EV mode. Responsible for transferring the V8’s power to the wheels is an eight-speed automatic transmission. The electric motors are also responsible for backing you up, as this transmission lacks reverse by design. The powertrain rockets the Valhalla to 62 mph in a scant 2.5 seconds.

    Of course, there’s more to a top-tier supercar than just an incredibly potent powertrain. This Valhalla doesn’t skimp on lightweight materials and aero assistance. As you’d imagine would be the case for a top-level supercar, the Aston uses a carbon-fiber tub as a foundation. Aston says the target dry weight for the Valhalla is 3,417 pounds, making it a featherweight PHEV. At 150 mph, the Valhalla gains an extra 1,322 pounds thanks to all of the aerodynamic magic helping the machine stick to the ground when you need it most.

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    Responsible for keeping the tires in contact with the pavement is an inboard pushrod-style front suspension and a multi-link suspension in the rear. Damping is controlled by Multimatic’s variable spring rate springs and Adaptive Spool Valve dampers. The suspension also adjusts ride height based on the drive mode, or if you need to lift the nose to climb up a driveway.

    Now, there’s good news and bad news with all of this. The good? Well, this is a genuine, series-production car, meaning Aston plans to make about as many as it can sell. The bad? The price. While nothing is official, yet, just looking over the specs makes this Aston sound expensive. Though with the Valkyrie expected to sell for millions, it would make the Valhalla almost a bargain if it stays inside six figures.

    Could this be the last wave of internal combustion supercars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.