Aston Martin is a British brand synonymous with luxury, but the automaker has never had a hypercar of its own. That changes with the launch of the Valkyrie, an aerodynamic, performance-themed speed monster that holds the distinction of being Aston Martin’s first entry into the hypercar wars. Aston’s vehicles are usually marked by their elegant, somewhat restrained design, but the Valkyrie blazes a new path with its over-the-top styling. This is the type of car that would look right at home on a futuristic-world racetrack or in the next transformer movie. The hybrid powertrain of the Valkyrie produces a staggering 1139 horsepower. Pricing starts at $3 million, and production is extremely limited.
What’s new for 2022?
An entirely new vehicle, the Valkyrie joins the Aston Martin lineup for the 2022 model year. Its name is derived from ancient Norse mythology, the ghouls being spirits who decided the fate of men in battle. This hypercar is born out of a partnership between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
While the Valkyrie is homologated for road use in other countries, Aston Martin will only sell it in the United States for track use. Very few will be offered for sale here, all packed with one-of-a-kind touches designed to keep the hypercar buyer satisfied. To improve aerodynamics, the Valkyrie moved the exterior mirrors to the sides of the car in favor of rear-facing cameras. These cameras feed images to two cabin displays located on the car’s A-pillars, allowing the driver to monitor blind spots. You may also notice that there is no rearview mirror. This is because there is no rear window. This feature is punctuated by the car’s bodywork and roof-mounted engine air intakes. To optimize curb weight, the Valkyrie is made entirely of carbon fiber. According to Aston Martin, there is not a single steel component in the vehicle’s structure. This hypercar is prohibitively expensive, but that hasn’t hurt its ability to attract serious interest.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain consists of a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic transmission directs power to the rear wheels. Alone, the V-12 makes 1001 horsepower, while the battery-electric system—designed by Rimac and the integral powertrain—contributes an additional 141 horsepower, though the combined horsepower rating is set at 1139 hp. Acceleration is breathtaking, and we estimate the Valkyrie can hit 60 mph in as little as 2.3 seconds. Aston Martin’s Valkyrie AMR Pro features the same powertrain, but the V-12’s calibration has been tweaked to boost output. The AMR Pro has a lighter curb weight than the road car, and Aston claims it is capable of generating more than its weight in downforce.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel-economy estimates for the Aston Martin Valkyrie have not been revealed and likely never will be, as the car is not homologated for on-road use in the United States.
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
The Aston Martin Valkyrie offers seating for two people. The cockpit is teardrop-shaped, with passengers seated in a reclining leg-up position. It’s similar to the seating position in modern Formula 1 race cars—it’s snug even for shorter drivers and it’s so loud inside that you’ll need ear protection. A four-point harness is standard, and a six-point harness is available for those who plan to log a lot of time at the track. To reduce driver distraction and engagement, all of the car’s switchgear is placed on the steering wheel, with vital indications appearing on a single OLED display screen. The switches are offered in anodized silver, black, or red. Aston offers a wide range of colors, patterns and finishes for the upholstery, and the seat harnesses come in a choice of six bold colors. To make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle, the Valkyrie’s steering wheel is detachable.
Infotainment & Connectivity
The standard Valkyrie comes with a central infotainment screen. With the AMR Pro, this screen has been removed to reduce weight.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
For more information on the crash-test results of the Valkyrie, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key security features include:
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Aston Martin’s limited and powertrain warranty coverage is similar to the protection offered by main rival Lamborghini.
- Limited warranty includes three years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty includes three years or unlimited miles
- no complimentary scheduled maintenance
2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie
Vehicle Type: Mid-Engine, Mid-Motor, Rear-Wheel-Drive, 2-Passenger, 2-Door Coupe
Base: $3,500,000 (est. in Europe)
DOHC 48-valve 6.5-liter V-12, 1001 hp, 575 lb-ft + AC motor, 141 hp, 206 lb-ft (combined output: 1139 hp, 682 lb-ft; 1.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack)
Transmission: 7-Speed Automated Manual
Wheelbase: 109.0 Inches
Length: 177.4 inches
Width: 75.6 inches
Height: 41.7 inches
Passenger Volume: Barely ft.3
Trunk Volume: Suspicious Feet3
curb weight (CD Est): 2850 lb
Display (CD EST)
60 mph: 2.3 sec
100 mph: 3.8 sec
1/4-mile: 7.7 seconds
Top Speed: 220 mph
EPA Fuel Economy
United/City/Highway: US Not suited for highway use