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Entry-Level Aston Martin Supercar To Be Fitted With An Electrified V8

Aston Martin will reportedly launch its third mid-engined supercar in 2023, slotting below the V8-powered Valhalla and the V12-powered Valkyrie. The model previewed by the Vanquish concept back in 2019 will also be powered by a V8 engine sourced from AMG.

Aston Martin president Lawrence Stroll has hinted that the production version of the supercar will most likely drop the Vanquish name used in the 2019 concept. Like the Valhalla, the new Aston Martin will be greatly evolved from concept to production, both in terms of engineering and design.

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It will be based on a carbon fiber monocoque, with aerodynamics inspired by the Valkyrie flagship. It will be more road-focused and generously equipped than the latter, with a weight of at least 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs). Autocar reports that the model will use Aston Martin’s new infotainment tech that will be rolled out across its entire range starting from the end of 2022.

Aston Martin canceled the development of its in-house designed V6, thus its entry-level supercar is expected to use a V8 from Mercedes-AMG as part of a plug-in hybrid system. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 will likely produce 630 hp (470 kW / 639 PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, just like in the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door. The electric drivetrain could add another 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS), for a combined output of 831 hp (620 kW / 843 PS). This is lower than the Valhalla’s 937 hp (698 kW / 950 PS), but high enough to compete with the most potent supercars of the segment.

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Among the competitors will be the Ferrari 296 GTB and the electrified successor to the Lamborghini Huracan – both fitted with plug-in hybrid powertrains. The same could be the case for the successor of the McLaren 720S.

The debut of the new V8-powered Aston Martin is expected in the second half of 2023, followed by a track-only AMR Pro variant for a single-make series. In terms of pricing, Autocar suggests that the road version could start from around £250,000 ($328,911) making it a lot cheaper than the Valhalla which will be priced closer to £650,000 ($855,169). Aston Martin’s entire range will be electrified by 2025, when the automaker will launch an EV.

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept pictured

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