CEO said Q4 DBX sales quarter of company’s entire year
Valhalla to get new look, Mercedes power
Though the company’s finances are, as per usual, in trouble, Aston Martin says the mid-engine Valhalla is still coming. But it’s going to use Mercedes-AMG engine and powertrain technology. The company has yet to decide which of the juicy AMG choices it will go with, though.
After an investor’s meeting where Aston announced sales down 32 percent in 2020 related to the pandemic, though buoyed sharply by making up a quarter of the entire year’s volume solely from a single quarter of DBX sales, the company’s new CEO talked about some future plans.
CEO Tobias Moers, reports Autocar, said that the automaker was planning to heavily revise the Valhalla, the mid-engined supercar project previously known as the AM RB-003 and first shown in 2019. That will include a new driveline from Mercedes, with which Aston has recently formed a technical partnership in exchange for the German automaker getting 20 percent of the British sports car company.
As far as which engine, Moers said “everything is a reasonable cost solution” for the million-pound car, which leaves plenty of options in place of the in-house hybrid V6 originally planned. The look of the car will also change, expected to be shown sometime in the next four months the report said.
“We will have the Valhalla with us in the second half of 2023, and it’s going to be an amazing car with breathtaking technology. With the transformational technology agreement with Mercedes-Benz, there are other chances for us regarding combustion engines, but we still have an electrified drivetrain,” said Moers.
Moers also said that a PHEV version of the DBX would be coming by 2024. Two other derivatives of the crossover are coming, one in Q3 of this year and another in Q2 of 2022.