Aston Martin‘s upcoming mid-engine hypercar, the AM-RB 003, will be officially known as the Valhalla. The car is named after the warrior’s paradise as it was celebrated in ancient Norse mythology, while also helping the British automaker carry on its long-standing tradition of V-named models.
Only 500 Coupe examples of the hybrid hypercar will be built, every single one of them made completely out of carbon fiber.
Aston’s V car naming strategy goes back seven decades. In 1951, the Vantage designation was given to high performance variants of the DB2 (at the time), and while that badge was never actually applied back then, the name stuck around (it became a model line in 2005).
“Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention. They do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story. In following the Valkyrie we knew the Aston Martin Valhalla needed to make a strong statement of its own, yet also offer continuity and a clear connection,” said Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer.
“Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 should follow the Valkyrie’s theme. For those fortunate enough to own one I’m sure they will recognise and appreciate the name’s connotations of glory and happiness, for there can be few more hallowed places than the driver’s seat of an Aston Martin Valhalla.”
As for performance, the Valhalla will utilize a turbocharged hybrid V6 unit with a total output of 1,000 HP. Also available will be an 8-speed F1-inspired dual-clutch transmission, a limited-slip differential, and an e-AWD system.
With a weight of just 2,976 lbs (1,350 kg), Aston Martin is targeting a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 220 mph (354 km/h).