Aston Martin Valkyrie To Spawn McLaren 720S Rival

Aston Martin has revealed that the upcoming Valkyrie hybrid hypercar is just the first in a family of new mid-engined cars, and will spawn a new supercar.

Speaking to Car and Driver at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston chief executive Andy Palmer confirmed that the first new model from this range will directly target vehicles from Ferrari (488), Lamborghini (Huracan) and McLaren (720S).

“Valkyrie is the start of a mid-engine dynasty, if you want to call it that. The reason we’re doing it is to create a halo car, but also to create DNA for a mid-engined sports-car range,” he said.

According to Palmer, the car has yet to be signed off for production and won’t reach the engineering stage unless the brand continues to meet sales and revenue targets. Nevertheless, the new mid-engined supercar is currently being brought to life by Aston Martin designers.

“The project is in the design studio right now, but the mandate for that car or cars is, basically, how do we ensure that it’s beautiful, how do you make function follow form rather than the other way around? If it’s going to be an Aston Martin, it will have to be beautiful. The car will need to be fantastic; it will have to compete with some bloody good rivals. Doing Valkyrie starts to give us some ideas about what they should look like.”

If the car does reach the road, it is expected to be powered by a V12 engine, potentially a variant of the DB11’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo unit or a detuned version of the Valkyrie’s naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12.

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  • TBagsUaL0t

    The Valkyrie was not designed by Adrian Newey, it was written by Wagner!

  • I’m no expert but… I think he spoke too soon. The Valkyrie needs to become a reality that works and be better than (or as good) as the current or next gen of Hypercars. Than they will speak about other supercars, or just let the internet speak about spyshots. They still have to renew Vantage range, Rapid (maybe), and convince their costumers that they finally enterd the 21th century.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      21st.

      • Thanks, always happy to improve my English. I’ll be sure to help you in French if you need to 😉

  • ErnieB

    Looks like it can go on water too..

  • SteersUright

    I should love this Aston, it has everything an enthusiast dreams of, especially a screaming V12. Yet the design leaves me a bit cold, not loving it. Still, can’t wait to watch the first videos that come out!

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