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699kW hybrid supercar set to redefine Aston Martin

Aston Martin is set to redefine its standing in the performance car space after hitting the go button for production on what can only be described as a truly transformational hybrid supercar; the Valhalla.

Revealed to the Australian media just days ago, details of the new driver focused performance car have been kept under wraps until now. Exhaust Notes Australia can reveal the full story, including the fact it’s headed down under.

Pairing a 551kW twin turbo V8 engine with twin e-motors to generate a whopping 699kW of power, and 1000Nm of torque (and no, that isn’t a typo). That combination is paired with a new 8-speed DCT, equipped with e-reverse and e-diff. It has a top speed of 350km/h.

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With 600kg of downforce from its bespoke body that contains bucket loads of carbon fibre and technology inspired by Formula One, and truly mental Valkyrie track car, Aston Martin is hoping for a sub-6:30 Nürburgring lap time.

Expected to cost somewhere around $1.8 million when it lands here, the built to order supercar will feature epic componentry, as well as a comfortable and practical interior, including an infotainment system.

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Designed with purpose – the 2024 Aston Martin Valhalla

The mid-engined Valhalla will operate on a plug-in hybrid powertrain, with a full EV mode providing up to 15km of electric only distance, at a maximum speed of up to 130km/h. At full noise though, it will smash its way to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds.

Built on a carbon fibre tub, and with every body panel serving an aerodynamic purpose, it will feature push rod front suspension with inboard mounted springs and dampers, with a multilink rear end. A dedicated track mode will electronically reduce ride height as well.

Tipping the scales at around 1550kg, stopping power will come in the form of high performance carbon ceramic matrix brakes, with Michelin tyres developed just for this car wrapped around 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels.

Aston Martin’s design team have worked on every surface to maximise airflow, including a roof scoop for enhanced cooling of the engine, with additional vents in place across the body of the car. The result is a unique look, enhanced by forward hinged dihedral doors.

Unashamedly driver focused, the pedals and steering column inside are adjustable, so that the seats can be fixed to the chassis. A new HMI media system provides a central touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The centre mounted exhaust system on the 2024 Aston Martin Valhalla

Full matrix LED headlights with adaptive functionality and high-beam assist will deliver excellent night vision, while dual zone air conditioning will provide a high level of occupant comfort. A rear view camera will make parking easier.

The Aston Martin Valhalla will also incorporate the latest advanced driver assistance systems, including AEB, forward collision warning, active cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.

With a two year build process, the first examples are expected to be delivered to local customers in 2024.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.

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