The impending arrival of the production version of the Aston Martin AM-RB 003 will be called the Aston Martin Valhalla, AML confirm.
We did suspect, some three months ago, that Aston Martin would name the AM RB 003 the Aston Martin Valhalla for production. And so it is.
AML has today confirmed that their tradition of naming performance cars with a ‘V’ name – something dating back to the DB2 Vantage of 1951 – will continue with the AM-RB 003 which will take the Valhalla name for production.
The Valhalla is the ‘cheaper’ take from Aston Martin on a hybrid mid-engined hypercar, sitting below the Valkyrie (but above the new Vanquish – a mere supercar) but still costing around £1 million. Just 500 are being built.
Aston Martin are still being a bit cagey about what exactly the Valhalla will offer, but you can expect low weight and lots of aero, carbon fibre for the body and the tub and some impressive firepower – expect in the region of 1000bhp – from its V6 petrol hybrid.
Andy Palmer, AML boss, said:
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.
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.