The first Aston Martin plug-in hybrid is a two-seater supercar with 950PS capable of sprinting from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds
Aston Martin has officially confirmed that its first electric road car will land in 2025. At the same time, it has announced plans to become a totally carbon-free company by 2030. Meanwhile, at the tail end of next year, it’s set to launch Valhalla, the brand’s first plug-in mid-engined hybrid supercar.
This 953bhp, all-wheel-drive supercar, is not only a first for the British brand, but it also heralds a new era for Aston Martin as Valhalla embodies the link between its combustion engine past and its co2-free future. Valhalla is set to redefine the supercar sector and add to the brand’s elegance and comfort of its luxury GTs.
In terms of specs, Valhalla is close to the Ferrari 296 GTB, although the British brand has higher aspirations and even more impressive numbers. It aims to compete with the alpha male in Ferrari’s stable, the SF90 Stradale. Only 50bhp separates them, but according to Aston Martin, the Valhalla is even more radical.
Its hybrid power is built around the 4.0-litre twin-turbo bespoke Mercedes AMG engine that delivers 750bhp. Supplementing this new V8 engine is a duel 150kW/400V battery hybrid system that contributes another 204 PS. That’s 953bhp with 1,000Nm of torque.
The combustion engine can act completely independently of the electric powertrain, depending on driving conditions. But when combined, they enable Formula One-style acceleration from zero to 100 in 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 330 km/h (330 mph). Running on EV-only mode, Valhalla will be capable of a maximum 130 km/h without resorting to the fuel engine and has a zero-emission range of 15km.
Valhalla’s carbon fibre chassis weighs in at a mere 1,550 kilos, and its aerodynamic design can generate up to 600 kg of downforce at 150 mph. Other features include an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, push-rod style rear suspension with variable stiffness dampers and a braking system with by-wire technology and carbon-ceramic discs.
Although not specifically a limited edition model, Valhalla, named after Norse mythology, will be produced in limited numbers. It will be priced at around 700,000 euros and the first deliveries to customers are scheduled for the end of 2023.