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Can 937 Hybrid Electric Horses Lead Aston Martin Toward a Contemporary Supercar?

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

July 16, 2021

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Famed English sports car maker Aston Martin is continuing its acceleration toward escape velocity to break free from its image as a classic car brand for aged James Bond fans. (Bond actor Sean Connery famously drove an Aston Martin DB5 in several early films.)

The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, hybrid-electric, mid-engine all-wheel-drive Aston Martin Valhalla marks a significant step in the company's drive toward fully contemporary supercar relevance.

Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers recently told us about the company's decision to drop the originally planned in-house-developed V6 engine, and the announcement reveals the unsurprising substitution of a Mercedes-AMG-supplied 740-hp twin-turbo V8 driving the car's rear wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.

That combustion power is supplemented by a pair of electric motors, one connected to the rear drivetrain and another powering the front wheels for a total system power rating of 937 hp. This new drivetrain is only one technical component of an impressive array in the Valhalla, so click through our gallery for the details.

About the Author(s)

Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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