, 2022-08-31 02:00:00,
Approximately three-and-a-half years have passed since British automaker Aston Martin revealed its AM-RB 003 concept during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Last summer we learned the initial details of the carbon-fiber-bodied production version, subsequently dubbed “Valhalla” and originally slated to begin arriving in customers’ garages in the second half of 2023. The company has now pushed that timeline into the second half of 2024 as it continues to finalize the mid-engine monster. In an exclusive chat with MotorTrend, product development director Carlo Della Casa revealed other updates to the car, which the company expects will deliver track-blitzing performance and daily drivability.
Power (and Other) Changes
When we last checked in on the 2024 Aston Martin Valhalla, Aston said its Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo flat-plane-crank V-8 produced 740 hp. Combined with a 400-volt hybrid system featuring an electric motor on both axles, total combined peak output was an expected 937 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Impressive figures, certainly, but at least one of them just became better.
The ICE V-8 recently registered 812 hp during a dyno run, Della Casa said; combined with the electric motors, the powertrain now peaks at 1,012 hp. (There is no updated torque figure at this time.) Equally noteworthy, the company is investigating chassis revisions to perhaps accommodate dual front motors. Such an architecture would provide torque vectoring on the front axle, matching the…
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