Aston Martin has confirmed plans to attend this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to mark 70 years since entering the North American market. To celebrate this milestone, the Gaydon-based luxury sports car manufacturer will host the US debut of the Valhalla as well as introduce an “exciting new product which extends the brand’s performance credentials a step further.”
While the car’s identity has not been disclosed, the adjacent teaser image seemingly indicates we are dealing with a roadster version of the Valkyrie, Aston Martin’s flagship model. The hybrid hypercar has gullwing doors in the coupe body style, but this image shows the Valkyrie with scissor doors – a change in layout usually associated when an automaker transforms a sports coupe into a convertible.
It is unclear at this point whether Aston Martin has developed the Valkyrie Roadster with a removable top or the hypercar will come exclusively without a roof. If it does have a top, it’s likely a manually removable targa panel since there doesn’t seem to be any space in the back to fold down a soft roof, let alone a hardtop.
Aside from the different roof setup, the Valkyrie Roadster should be mechanically identical to the coupe. Its heart and soul will be a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine developed by Cosworth working together with a hybrid system. The combined output will stand at a staggering 1,160 horsepower (865 kilowatts) and 900 Newton-meters (664 pound-feet) of torque.
The electric motor has been developed by Rimac and develops 160 hp and 207 lb-ft on its own while the internal combustion engine – which revs up to 10,500 rpm – does the heavy lifting by pumping out 1,000 hp and 546 lb-ft.
The Valkyrie coupe and roadster will be complemented by a track-only AMR Pro derivative without the electrical assistance, meaning its powertrain will deliver “only” 1,000 hp.
Aston Martin plans to take the wraps off the Valkyrie roadster on August 12 during a private VIP event at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A day later, it will be available to view at the Aston Martin Club 1913, by invitation.
Source: Aston Martin