The all-new Aston Martin Valhalla has been officially revealed, ahead of first deliveries in 2023.
While a concept variant of the low-slung supercar was unveiled to much fanfare in 2019, the production-ready Valhalla has been almost completely redesigned from the ground up.
The original bespoke V6 petrol engine has been swapped out for a Mercedes-AMG-built twin-turbo hybridised 4.0-litre V8 powertrain.
Sitting directly behind the driver, the engine sends 552kW alone to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and electronic limited-slip differential.
The powertrain is supplemented by two electric motors – one on each axle – raising the combined maximum output to 699kW/1000Nm, and permitting an all-wheel drive layout.
This allows the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 2.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 330km/h.
Aston Martin says it is targeting a six-minute and 30-second lap time at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which, if achieved, would make it the fastest production car to ever lap the benchmark circuit by an impressive margin of 14.1 seconds.
In electric-only ‘EV’ mode, power is sent exclusively to the front wheels, and a lithium-ion battery pack provides a claimed maximum range of 15km at speeds of up to 130km/h.
Bespoke Michelin tyres wrap around 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels. Stopping power comes via carbon-ceramic discs at all four corners of the car.
The concept's carbon-fibre monocoque tub has been retained, however almost all external panels and aerodynamic devices are noticeably different. The open 'negative-space' front fascia has been replaced with a more traditional (albeit non-functional, due to the engine being in the rear) Aston Martin grille.
The car weighs 1550kg, and a large diffuser, front splitter, and rear wing provide a claimed 600kg of downforce at 240km/h in the suspension-lowering ‘Track’ setting.
Interior images of the production Valhalla are yet to be revealed, however Aston Martin says a centrally-mounted interface is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bucket seats are accessed via McLaren-like dihedral doors.
A spate of advanced safety technology comes standard – including auto emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring – as does dual-zone air conditioning, a rear-view camera, and LED matrix headlights.
Aston Martin has confirmed the vehicle will be built in both left- and right-hand-drive configurations, opening the door to the possibility of an Australian launch.
However, just 500 examples of the Aston Martin Valhalla are slated for production. The first deliveries have been promised in 2023.
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