The new Valhalla hyperathlete: Better than the Mercedes-AMG twin?
The Aston Martin Secret
Technically, the new Aston Martin Valhalla super sports car shares a lot with the Mercedes-AMG One. But the engineers of the traditional British brand still want to distance themselves from their cooperative partner with a 1000 hp racer.
It starts at the beginning of 2024: Then the Aston Martin Valhalla rolls out, which costs at least 833,000 euros.
Andreas FaustHead of the Car & Mobility department
The UK likes to play a special role, and not just since Brexit. The British Isles pride themselves on doing things a little differently than mainland Europeans. This attitude is also reflected in the Aston Martin Valhalla. It looks like a sister model to the mega-bolide One from cooperation partner Mercedes-AMG. But Corenn Lange vehemently disagrees: “We only took over the engine block and crankshaft from AMG,” explains the Aston Martin manager.
As if that wasn’t enough, adds Lange: “At the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, we want to beat the time of the Mercedes-AMG One by five seconds.” Something dares for a long time: then the AMG car just set a new record for production vehicles at the legendary race track in Germany with 6:35.183 minutes. The announcement is also bold, as development of Aston Martin’s new plug-in hybrid hypercar is not yet complete. A combination of an internal combustion engine and two electric motors powers the Valhalla with more than 1,000 hp (735 kW), allowing the 1.5-tonne all-wheel-drive vehicle to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and beyond. to a maximum speed of 350 km/h. For comparison: the AMG One has 1,063 hp (782 kW), completes the standard sprint in 2.9 s, and the drive ends at 352 km/h.
Mercedes technology alone is not enough
The four-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which is also available in principle from Mercedes, delivers a lavish 800bhp – albeit with less power. Aston’s engineers have the advantage of air cooling instead of water cooling and sophisticated heat treatment – the hood on the back is also necessary for this. Because it is very narrow under the flat outer shell, the world’s smallest 8-speed automatic transmission takes care of the power transmission.
Aston Martin also relies on a different supplier than Mercedes for the battery. The batteries are located on the front and rear axles for optimal weight distribution. There is one electric motor per axle, which should contribute a combined 212 hp (156 kW). In pure electric mode, the hyper sportsman can travel around 15 kilometers and reach a speed of up to 130 km/h. But that’s not the point of electrification: Valhalla should only use electricity for maneuvering and parking. Electronic machines should help a lot more with sprints and energy recovery.
Formula 1 technology in a production car
There is a lot of Formula 1 technology, especially in the chassis and aerodynamics. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg, who just ousted Mick Schumacher from his cockpit with the Haas team for the upcoming season, helped tune the Valhalla to be as agile as an F1 car. “Every shape has a function,” Lange explains of the concept. The inward sills resemble the side boxes of Formula 1 racers. The driver almost lies down and the pedals are placed in the seat slightly higher than the driver’s hips. When we tried the seat for the first time, we immediately felt comfortable in the Aston Martin flounder; Hinged doors also make for easy entry. Surprising: With all the optimization for insane driving performance, there are even two screens in the cockpit.
The first Aston Martin Valhalla will be delivered in 2024. The price for the hyper sports car starts at 833,000 euros – a quarter of the price that is payable for the flagship Aston Martin Valkyrie. Among other things, the price is pushed down by the wiper system, which is said to be cheaper than the Valkyrie wipers, which cost around 17,000 euros. Still, only two-thirds of the Valhalla contingent was sold.