According to Aston Martin, fully electric versions of its existing models will be available by 2026. Before that happens, the British marque plans to introduce hybrid powertrains as a middle ground before the transition. Its first-ever semi-sustainable supercar – the Valhalla – is finally set to debut in the second half of 2023. Here’s what you can expect!
Starting off with its mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, this mill is revving up to 7,200 rpm, Aston Martin is pairing it with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission for a rear-wheel drive configuration. The gearbox is reportedly making its way to other models in the future.
Keep in mind that this is not an in-house build as Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division has a hand in its engineering. Next, are the Valhalla’s two electric motors – one on each axle – producing over 1,000 horsepower together with the power plant.
Aston Martin claims the Valhalla can manage a 0-62 mph sprint in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. The team intends to achieve a Nürburgring lap time of 6 minutes and 30 seconds. In some ways, the plug-in hybrid system mirrors its rival — Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale.
In pure EV mode, only the front axle’s electric motor springs to life. It can drive up to eight miles and is capable of 80 mph. The Valhalla likewise exclusively relies on the battery-powered units when backing up. This negates the need for a dedicated reverse gear, which saves weight.
Aston Martin mounts the powertrain within a carbon fiber engine bay. The composite material helps the Valhalla reach a target dry weight of 3,417 lbs. Active front and rear splitter with underbody Venturi channels optimize aerodynamics. Finally, the minimalist cockpit is designed around the driver but delivers ample creature comforts.Learn More
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