Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Enters the Real World Amid Looming Recession
Aston Martin surely wishes the real world would just stop hassling its hypercar.
Much like today's college graduates, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is entering the real-world in the midst of a looming recession. Fortunately for Aston, its slinky hypercar need not find a job during these uncertain times.
In fact, the Valkyrie doesn't even need to land in the hands of a private owner, yet. That's because the hypercar is merely entering a testing phase that includes driving on public roads. Think of it as a fellowship designed to bolster its resume before it's really left to fend for itself in society. Prior to this, the hypercar's on-tarmac development primarily took place at race tracks, such as Silverstone in the United Kingdom.
In order to celebrate the Valkyrie's latest achievement, Aston Martin released a handful of photos of the hypercar doting down the highway like any typical car. Except, the Valkyrie is anything but typical.
Hiding within its rakish bodywork is a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that makes more than 1,100 horsepower courtesy of a high-revving 6.5-liter V-12 engine (it redlines at a motorcycle-like 11,100 rpm!) and an electric motor. Aston estimates that the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro will top out at 250 mph, and we expect the standard, roadgoing Valkyrie to manage a similarly outrageous top speed of more than 200 mph.
Yet as the Valkyrie shows in these latest images, it's also plenty willing to amble about at highway speeds. It looks good doing so, too. Thank this tester's blue hue, which nicely complements the car's blistered fenders, large rear diffuser, and big rear wing.
While Aston didn't release images of this specific car's interior, the company has previously shown off what hides under the Valkyrie's gullwing doors. As is the case in most modern cars, screens dominate the Valkyrie's minimalist cabin: a pair of smaller units at the A-pillars share a rearview feed from the hypercar's fender-mounted cameras, a larger dash-mounted display, and a digital gauge cluster mounted within the car's square steering wheel (who needs an airbag anyway?).
Aston plans to produce a mere 150 road Valkyries, with each selling for more than $3 million. With the model entering the real-world stage of testing, it's likely nearing the end of development and will soon enter the hands of well-to-do owners. That's assuming a recession doesn't strip buyers of their ability to afford this powerful and pricey machine.