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Valhalla: Aston Martin's new E-hybrid supercar

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

It's big, it's bad and it's electric! Aston Martin forays into the supercar market with a France & Monaco premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Aston Martin Valhalla
Aston Martin Valhalla

On Wednesday, 22 September, Aston Martin Europe welcomed a few select journalists for the unveiling of the new Valhalla electric hybrid supercar, like the one featured in the new Bond film, ‘No time to die’.

Coinciding with the opening day of the Monaco Yacht Show, the super-secret and super cool event was hosted inside the iconic Riva Tunnel on Quai Albert 1 in Port Hercule. Behind a black-out curtain and sitting below some of the most iconic and classy boats of a vintage era, the Aston Martin racing green supercar sat illuminated in light.

Referred to as the ‘everyday’ supercar, the Valhalla is the manufacturer’s first foray into the supercar market, doing it with style, elegance and balance -- “the Aston Martin way” quipped the European President, Patrick Marinoff.

Valhalla marks a number of firsts for Aston Martin:

Their 1st plug-in hybrid (also with dynamic charging), featuring three engines - two all-electric engines to power the front wheels (for silent start-up and emission-free city driving) and an innovative, 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 in the rear to bring the raw power from their Formula One expertise. These engines give power to all four wheels, also making it their first all-wheel-drive vehicle. The electric system contributes 204PS for a headline combined power output of 950PS.

Running in EV-only mode, Valhalla will be capable of a maximum 80mph / 130km/h and has a zero-emission range of 15km. Predicted CO2 (WLTP) is less than 200g/km. Unleashing all 950 horses, the Valhalla will reach a top speed of 217mph / 350km/h and will complete the sprint from 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Out with the old!

Valhalla marks another big first: implementing E-reverse. The engineers have done away with the reverse gear in the rear engine, relying instead on the electric engines to work backwards. This enables the turbo-charged V8 to be much smaller and lighter. These engines are all seamlessly employed with the new paddle-shift gearbox developed specifically for the hybrid era.

But with reverse limited only to the electric engines, it has a much-reduced power availability. So, the question becomes: what will the top speed in reverse be? We'll leave that to James Bond to answer!

Features the classic Aston Martin design elements, like the S-curve of the nose as found on the DB models but ‘beefed-up’ to fit the body of a supercar. The sleek, carbon fibre chassis is unbelievably light, providing vented wheel wells and forced-air intakes on the roof which helps give it over 600Kg of downforce.

Valhalla is Aston Marin’s ultimate piece of machinery, not only gasoline/electric hybrid but also a hybrid of their best in luxury products and their highly technical and innovative Formula One racing knowledge.

Delivery is set for the end of 2023 but you can order it now!


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