The 2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider, unveiled during the just concluded Monterey Auto Week, is a new hypercar. Its stunning looks and impressive specs are equaled by its unannounced price speculated at more than $3.5 million.
It’s also an unattainable vehicle unless you’re a current Aston Martin owner who was afforded the opportunity to buy one of the 85 examples manufactured. And good luck with that. They’re all sold.
By the numbers, the Valkyrie Spider has the same 6.5-liter Cosworth V-12 as the regular Valkyrie. Combined with its hybrid system, the new Aston Martin has a total output of 1,139 horsepower. The Spider’s engine is mounted directly to the car’s carbon-fiber tub without an insulating subframe.
Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider: 85 made, sold
Tobias Moers, Aston Martin’s CEO, and Lawrence Stroll, the carmaker’s Executive Chairman, made clear, easy-to-digest presentations during the debut just off the 18th hole fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
A casual Q&A followed, emceed by former versatile driving pro Derek Hill, son of the automotive legend Phil Hill. The debuts corresponded to Aston Martin’s 70th anniversary.
As presented, the Valkyrie Spider’s top is removable, not folding. Its top speed without its roof is 205 miles per hour and 217 mph with its roof intact.
While the new vehicle’s 0-60 miles-per-hour acceleration wasn’t listed, the current Valkyrie is rated in the standard performance test at 2.5 seconds.
The Valkyrie Spider’s modified windows tilt forward dihedrally, rather than directly up. The roof uses a central carbon-fiber panel that connects to two fixed polycarbonate windows. The removable panel adds only 33 pounds to the vehicle’s weight.
The new hypercar’s interior mirrors the setup of the standard Valkyrie introduced in 2017. It has a Formula 1-like seating position, six-point racing harnesses and a rearview camera system.
Aston Martin said its new hypercar will be offered in left-hand and right-hand-drive configurations. Deliveries will begin in the second half of 2022.
Article Last Updated: September 9, 2021.
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