2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin is a brand that’s synonymous with opulence, but this automaker has never had a hypercar to call its own. That changes with the launch of the Valkyrie, an aerodynamic, performance-themed speed demon that holds the distinction of being Aston Martin’s first entry in the hypercar war. Aston’s vehicles are typically marked by their elegant, somewhat restrained design, but the Valkyrie blazes a fresh path with its over-the-top styling. This is the type of car that looks like it would be right at home on a future-world racetrack. The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain produces a staggering 1160 horsepower. Pricing starts at $3 million, and production is extremely limited.
What’s New for 2022?
An entirely new vehicle, the Valkyrie joins the Aston Martin lineup for the 2022 model year. It takes its name from ancient Norse mythology, the valkyries being the spirits who decided the fates. This hypercar is born from a partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain consists of a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic transmission directs power to the rear wheels. Alone, the V-12 delivers 1000 horsepower, while the battery-electric system—designed by Rimac and Integral Powertrain—contributes an additional 160 horsepower. Combined, the power sources produce a total output of 1160 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. Aston Martin’s Valkyrie AMR Pro features the same powertrain, but the V-12’s calibration has been tweaked to boost output. The AMR Pro has a lighter curb weight than the road car, and Aston claims that it’s capable of generating more than its own weight in downforce.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Aston Martin Valkyrie provides seating for two. The cockpit is shaped like a teardrop, with passengers placed in a reclined feet-up position. It’s similar to the seating position in modern Formula 1 race cars. A four-point harness is standard, and a six-point harness is available for those who plan to log lots of time at the track. To reduce driver distraction and busyness, all of the car’s switchgear is placed on the steering wheel, with vital signs reflected on a single OLED display screen. The switches are offered in anodized silver, black, or red. Aston offers a wide range of colors, patterns, and finishes for the upholstery, and the seat harnesses come in a choice of six bold hues. To make vehicle entry and exit easier, the Valkyrie’s steering wheel is detachable.