Aston Martin is reportedly making some last-minute changes to the Valhalla before next year’s debut.
Aston Martin had big plans for the Valhalla hypercar, which debuted as the “AM-RB 003” concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. The company promised a brand-new, twin-turbocharged hybrid V6 built completely in-house at the company’s headquarters in the UK. But as the business relationship between Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz grows stronger, it looks like things may have changed.
Following CEO Tobias Moers saying that the Valhalla would “probably have a different drivetrain” to the 2019 concept, a new report from Autocar doubles down on those comments. The report suggests that Aston has halted the development of its proposed twin-turbo V6 entirely, at least for the time being. We reached out to Aston Martin Americas, but they were not able to provide a comment other than noting that the Autocar report is “full of speculation.”
Rather than something built in Gaydon, we could see a high-powered AMG engine in the hypercar. The most likely candidate is Mercedes-AMG’s new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter hybrid V8, which will make its road-going debut in the GT73 4-Door Coupe.
With that AMG engine, the Valhalla will almost certainly still be a hybrid. The hypercar will also maintain its output of nearly 1,000 horsepower (756 kilowatts), acting as a direct rival to alternatives like the Ferrari SF90 and McLaren Speedtail. On top of that, Aston Martin will most likely revamp the styling of the Valhalla ahead of its launch, which we expect to happen early in 2023. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.