Aston Martin are no strangers to lists of ‘best ever’ cars. From the DB5 to the Vantage, vehicles big and small that have rolled out of the English automakers are revered around the world. Now, a new machine looks set to join these ranks of excellence.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is incredible. You just have to glance at it to see how the carmaker has mated its conservative, classic design with the outlandish stylings of some of the world’s craziest hypercars. And this pioneering pairing extends below the bonnet, too.
The new hypercard mates a Ricardo gearbox with its iconic, naturally-aspirated 900bhp Cosworth 6.5 litre V12, and has been engineered in conjunction with Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Ricardo, who have designed and built the new seven-speed automatic gearbox, have worked with McLaren before, but this is the first time they’ve leant their expertise to Aston.
With first deliveries due in 2019, and an estimated price tag of between £2-3 million, this is a car as eye-wateringly expensive as it is fast. Weighing in at less that one tonne, with carbon disc brakes and bespoke Michelin tyres, this promises great performance – and it’s aesthetic achievements speak for itself.
Carbonfibre all over, this is one beautiful looking car, with curves and lines that simply don’t end. British brand Wipac has crafted those striking LED lights, and the cockpit is formed from one tinted dome of glass.
Chief creative officer Marek Reichman said: “The Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods, are so evocative and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”