In March 2019, Aston Martin launched AM-RB 003 Concept, it previewed the new model later called Valhalla.Fast forward to today, the British car manufacturer has now launched a mass production version Valhalla, And there are some differences from the original concept.
First of all, “son Valkyrie“It will not be limited to 500 production runs, and according to coach, The previously recommended price of 1 million pounds (approximately 5.8 million ringgits) has been reduced to 600,000-700,000 pounds (approximately 3.45-4.07 million ringgits)-delivery will begin at the end of 2023
Therefore, it is relatively more affordable and you don’t need to rush to get a distribution for yourself, but what’s the problem here? Well, if you want Aston Martin’s customized 3.0-liter hybrid V6 engine to power Valhalla, you will be disappointed to learn that the company has moved in a different direction.
This is not to say that the replacement engine is lacking in terms of performance, as it is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that can provide 750 PS (740 hp) at 7,200 rpm. Aston Martin stated that this is a custom engine, but given the company’s partnership with Mercedes-Benz, this is essentially an AMG engine.
More specifically, we might look at GT black series, Because Valhalla’s V8 is also equipped with a flat crankshaft to improve response speed.This is not surprising, because other Aston Martin models also use AMG engines, and the current CEO of the company Tobias Morse Served as the head of Mercedes-AMG.
However, compared with the GT Black Series, Valhalla’s V8 has its own tuning and ECU, and is also equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission specially designed and manufactured by Italian supplier Graziano for Aston Martin.
The gearbox and the rear electronic limited-slip differential transmit the engine’s power to the rear wheels. Aston Martin did not stop there, because it also decided that Valhalla should be its first plug-in hybrid car, so it was equipped with a pair of electric motors to supplement the V8.
One of the motors is located on the front axle and the other is located on the rear axle. The electric motors collectively provide an additional 204 PS (201 hp) power for a total output of 950 PS (937 hp) and 1,000 Nm of torque. Like most PHEVs, the car can be powered by a battery alone, which will allow the front motor to do all the work. In EV mode, Valhalla has a top speed of 130 km/h and a cruising range of 15 km.
The difference is that the rear motor and the V8 engine can run in different gears in the DCT at the same time for optimal performance. After being fully released, Valhalla will complete a 0-100 km/h sprint in 2.5 seconds and reach 330 km/h.
As for the rest of the car, a push rod suspension with built-in springs and dampers can be found at the front, while a multi-link design at the rear. Valhalla also uses two-stage springs from Canadian supplier Multimatic, adaptive spool valve dampers, carbon ceramic brakes (using brake-by-wire technology), staggered wheels (front 20 inches and rear 21 inches) and custom Michelin tires.
In terms of design, Valhalla is still quite faithful to the original concept, retaining the forward hinged dihedral corner door, protruding roof shovel, integrated tail and dive rear deck. However, the front now uses the brand’s iconic vane grille, located under the circular matrix LED headlights.
The sculpted sides are also slightly weakened here, along with many air intakes and vents to increase downforce. At the rear, the large channels and taillights that form part of the diffuser are still present, but the top exit exhaust pipes (with movable flaps) are now close to each other.
All the aerodynamic components you see, including the Venturi tube you can’t see below, play a role in generating downforce, and the company claims to generate 600 kg at a speed of 241 km/h. Aston Martin stated that its goal is to have a dry weight of less than 1,550 kg. After introducing all other aspects, the company hopes to complete the Nürburgring lap within 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
We haven’t seen the finished interior of Valhalla yet, but hope it looks like a racing car as the concept implies. Aston Martin said that it chose a simplified cockpit, giving priority to the driver’s ergonomics, but the concept will replace the mobile phone holder, there will be an appropriate infotainment system and some biological comforts, such as air conditioning, rear view Camera and driver assistance.
The general consensus is that Valhalla will directly interact with Ferrari SF90 Stradale, This is also a PHEV equipped with a V8 engine, with a rated power of 1,000 horsepower (986 horsepower) and 800 Nm. Of course, the two cars have different concepts, and Valhalla seems to be more driver-centric of the two. Ferrari has a dry weight of more than 1,570 kg, which is more than that of an Aston Martin model and produces only 390 kg of downforce at 250 km/h. However, it is much cheaper, and if you want, its pure electric car has a cruising range of up to 25 kilometers.
The further development of power will be undertaken by Aston Martin and Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll and Nico Hokenberg, all three of whom are drivers of the company’s work team. Valhalla is the third model in the Aston Martin mid-engine series after Valkyrie and Valkyrie. Valkyrie AMR Pro, The fourth one will be launched soon, previewed by Vanquish Vision Concept.