In Norse mythology, Valkyries were said to lead half of all fallen warriors to a majestic hall of the afterlife known as Valhalla. In Aston Martin mythology, the Valkyrie hypercar has led to the creation of the Valhalla. It’ll be enjoyed by 500 lucky, very-much-alive buyers who should receive their heavenly hypercars in 2021.
The Valhalla made its North American debut at 'The Quail' at Monterey Car Week in California over the weekend, where it rubbed shoulders with other exotica like the DeTomaso P72 and Koenigsegg Jesko. Aston Martin has also released a track video of the Valhalla and Valkyrie, both cars co-developed with Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
Though the Valhalla uses a similar carbon-fibre construction to the Valkyrie, it uses a twin-turbocharged hybrid V6 powertrain instead of the Valkyrie’s naturally-aspirated hybrid V12. Aston Martin is playing its cards close to its chest, so power and torque figures remain a mystery.
We do know the Valhalla is intended to be a more affordable, practical and easy-to-drive alternative to the Valkyrie, if not quite as much so as the upcoming reborn Vanquish. Pricing for the McLaren Senna rival is expected to be around £1 million ($1.85m), or roughly half the Valkyrie’s price, but all 500 examples have already been accounted for.
The Daily Mail has also reported the Valhalla will be featured in the upcoming, twenty-fifth instalment in the James Bond franchise with Daniel Craig behind the wheel. As for why Agent 007 will pilot the Valhalla and not the Valkyrie, we must remember he is a public servant and can’t have anything too expensive.
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