Aston Martin will leverage its access to the Mercedes-Benz parts shelf to revise the Valhalla it plans to release in the coming years. Specifications haven't been finalized yet, but the supercar will most likely arrive with a German heart.
Announced in early 2019 as the Project 003, and named Valhalla later that year, the Ferrari-punching model was on track to make its debut with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 mounted behind its passenger compartment. Aston Martin proudly pointed out that the six was the first engine it developed in-house since the Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-liter V8 entered production in 1969. These plans changed after Daimler purchased a 20% stake in the firm, however.
2019年初，这款名为Project 003、同年晚些时候被命名为Valhalla的法拉利冲压车型首次亮相时，乘客舱后面安装了一辆3.0升涡轮增压V6发动机。阿斯顿·马丁自豪地指出，这款6缸发动机是自1969年Tadek marek设计的5.3升V8发动机投入生产以来，阿斯顿·马丁首次自主研发的发动机。然而，在戴姆勒收购了该公司20%的股份后，这些计划发生了变化。
Aston Martin boss Tobias Moers (whose last position was at the head of Mercedes-AMG) told investors that his team is "re-assessing" the Valhalla, and that it will "probably have a different drivetrain" than the concept. He didn't reveal what the model will be powered by, and he stressed that nothing is off the table. Mercedes-Benz has a wide range of four-, six-, eight-, and 12-cylinder engines in its parts bin, plus hybrid technology and electric motors.
阿斯顿·马丁(Aston Martin)的老板托拜厄斯·莫尔斯(Tobias Moers)(他上一个职位是梅赛德斯- amg (Mercedes-AMG)的掌门人)告诉投资者，他的团队正在“重新评估”瓦尔哈拉(Valhalla)，这款车“可能会采用与这款概念车不同的动力系统”。他没有透露这款车型的动力来源，并强调没有什么是不可能的。梅赛德斯-奔驰的零部件库里有四缸、六缸、八缸和12缸发动机，还有混合动力技术和电动马达。
Electrification remains in the pipeline regardless of the path the company chooses to take.
"With the transformational technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz, there are other chances for us regarding combustion engines, but we still have an electrified drivetrain," he said without providing more specific details.
It sounds like Aston will make visual tweaks to the Valhalla, too, because Moers revealed that buyers will be shown an updated version of the car in the next four months. It's unclear whether it will be presented to the public, too. Regardless, the car's introduction is tentatively scheduled for late 2023, so it will likely arrive here as a 2024 model.
Moers confirmed that a plug-in hybrid model with what he described as "a reasonable electric range" will join the Aston Martin range in the coming years, too. He added that three new variants of the DBX, the firm's first SUV, are on their way as well. One is a plug-in hybrid. Details about the others aren't known, but another could be a sportier version positioned at the top of the range. Finally, the first electric Aston Martin will arrive in about 2025.