While the DBX is now the driving force behind Aston Martin’s booming sales, performance cars will forever remain at the core of the Gaydon-based brand. Even the SUV has spawned a faster version with almost 700 horsepower and 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Talking about the new DBX707, the company held a roundtable meeting with reporters to talk about the Bentayga Speed competitor and discuss future products.
Tobias Moers, CEO of Aston Martin and former head honcho of AMG, tells us that Valhalla is still coming. The AM-RB 003 concept debuted in March 2019 before the final version launched in July last year. According to the German executive, the production model will arrive in 2024 and will share the drivetrain with the company’s entry-level supercar, the Vanquish.
As a refresher, the Vanquish was also introduced as a concept car in March 2019 with a radical overhaul compared to the previous model by adopting a mid-engine layout. It also has a turbocharged V6 as part of the hybrid powertrain. Moers says Motor1.com the production model is slated to go on sale in 2025 or about a year after the Valhalla. The two will share a flat crank engine, which will be built in-house.
We’ll remind you that the Valhalla has lost the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 concept in favor of a larger 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 featuring a flat crankshaft. When Aston Martin released images and details of the production model, nothing was said about the combustion engine associated with the Mercedes-AMG units installed in the Black Series. With Moers now saying the petrol plant will be produced in AM, it appears the British brand is doing most (if not all) of the work on its own.
The V8 will spin up to 7,200 rpm, so it matches the red line of the Black Series. Along with the electric motor, the Valhalla is said to have 937 horsepower (699 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque. The hybrid punch is said to propel the sub-Valkyrie engine to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds before hitting 217 mph (350 km/h).
Sitting at the bottom of the supercar chain, the Vanquish won’t be able to match these output and performance figures. The two are still a long way off, so a lot could change between now and 2024/2025. However, it seems Aston Martin is determined to launch a pair of supercars to complement the Valkyrie hypercar.