Aston Martin will use its access to the Mercedes-Benz spare parts shelf to revamp the Valhalla, which is set to hit the market in the coming years. The specifications are not yet finalized, but the supercar will most likely arrive with a German heart.
Announced as Project 003 in early 2019 and dubbed Valhalla later that year, the Ferrari die-cut model was on track to make its debut with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6 mounted behind its passenger compartment. Aston Martin proudly pointed out that the Six was the first engine he developed himself since the Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-liter V8 went into production in 1969. However, those plans changed after Daimler acquired a 20% stake in the company.
Aston Martin boss Tobias Moers (whose last position was at the top of Mercedes-AMG) said investors that his team “reevaluated” the Valhalla and that it “will likely have a different powertrain” than the Concept. He did not disclose what the model is powered by and emphasized that nothing is off the table. Mercedes-Benz has a wide range of four-, six-, eight- and twelve-cylinder engines in the parts container as well as hybrid technology and electric motors.
Electrification remains in the pipeline regardless of which route the company takes.
“With the transformation technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz, we have other opportunities with regard to combustion engines, but we still have an electrified powertrain,” he said, without giving any details.
It sounds like Aston is also making visual improvements to the Valhalla, as Moers announced that an updated version of the car will be shown to buyers over the next four months. It is unclear whether it will also be presented to the public. Regardless, the launch of the car is tentatively planned for the end of 2023, so it will likely arrive here as a model for 2024.
Moers confirmed that a plug-in hybrid model with a range that he describes as “adequate range” will also be included in the Aston Martin range in the coming years. He added that three new variants of the DBX, the company’s first SUV, are also on the way. One is a plug-in hybrid. Details on the others are not known, but another could be a sportier version that is at the top of the range. Finally, the first electric Aston Martin will arrive around 2025.