The Aston Martin Valhalla (2021) reminds us of the old Jaguar XJ220. As a concept car, the car was shown in 2019 with a twin-turbo V6 that was supposed to deliver more than 1000 hp. That tasted like more! And the 500 copies Aston Martin announced sold out in no time. Now the production version is here: the Valhalla. Like the Jaguar XJ220, the production version differs significantly from the original concept car.
Buyers of the Jaguar XJ220 were deeply saddened in 1992: they had to swap the concept's V12 engine for just a twin-turbo V6. Yes, hello! And Jaguar saw many orders being cancelled. The Aston Martin Valhalla also differs significantly from the AM-RB-003, but technically everything remained at the origin: the twinturbo V6 and the electric motor together deliver 950 hp. That is only 50 hp less than the 1000 hp promised two years ago. Anyone who has already reserved a Valhalla can therefore breathe a sigh of relief.
No, the Valhalla is mainly externally different from the AM-RB-003. The concept car still closely resembled the Valkerie, the hypercar with which Aston Martin will return to Le Mans. The production version of the Valhalla still uses a carbon fiber monocoque, but the aerodynamic package - read: the body - was thoroughly revised in the wind tunnel.
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And it must be said: the result is astonishing! The Valhalla is a super sports car in the classic sense of the word, with a gaping front muzzle and a noticeable lack of spectacular spoiler work. Well, there's no escaping a big rear wing, but the most important aerodynamics are under the carbon sheet metal. Together with the enormous diffuser, it provides a downforce of up to 600 kilos!
And it is necessary, because the performance figures of the Aston Martin Valhalla are nothing short of sensational. The four-liter twin-turbo V6 has a power of 750 hp, and the duo of electric motors adds another 204 hp. In total, 950 hp is released on the rear wheels: it takes 2.5 seconds to reach 100, the top speed is 330 km/h. According to Aston Martin, the Valhalla must complete the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring in six-and-a-half minutes!
The Valhalla is Aston Martin's first mid-engined sports car. Much more than the existing front-engined models - such as the DB11, the Vantage and the DBS - the car is focused on pure driving experience. Which does not mean that the Valhalla will have spartan equipment. Aston Martin has not yet released photos of the interior.
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