Aston Martin Valkyrie Coupe, Spider Sold Out as Production Begins Soon

Aston Martin showed the world the Valkyrie Spider today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance but the well-heeled will not be pulling out their wallets—well, they can, but the wild roofless supercar is already sold out, along with the coupe. There are waiting lists for both.

The luxury carmaker is only building 150 of the coupes and 85 spiders. Many of them are headed to the U.S. as soon as deliveries begin in late September or early October.

Job One for the coupe is next week at the Gaydon plant, says Tobias Moers, the former head of Mercedes-AMG who became Aston Martin CEO a year ago. Aston Martin first showed us the Formula 1-inspired Valkyrie in 2017, its springboard back into motorsports, but the car has been beset with problems and delays.

The Spider will go into production in the second quarter of 2022—Moers says he just signed off on the body-in-white today. The body is notable for its removable carbon fiber roof and front-hinged dihedral doors that rotate out and up. Gullwing doors like those on the coupe were not possible—they need a roof to attach to. On the Spider, the roof latches onto the windscreen at the front and onto the tub at the rear. The side glass is fixed and does not go down.

Waiting Lists for Both Aston Martin Valkyries 

Moers said he wasn’t sure people wanted a car like the Valkyrie but its one-of-a-kind status has attracted buyers. The automaker approached customers four months ago about the upcoming Spider and within weeks the allotment of 85 was sold out; a waiting list has formed for the $2.75 million car. So far none of the would-be buyers have backed out, so those on the list are out of luck so far, Moers tells MotorTrend.

“We have enthusiasts as customers,” said Lawrence Stroll, who became executive chairman a year ago and is the largest shareholder.

The Valkyrie roadster has been in the plans since last year, Moers says. The top is “unbelievably stiff” and when closed up, the roadster delivers the same performance as the coupe. Both Valkyries have a 6.5-liter V-12 that generates 1,160 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, enabling them to spring from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The cars’ active aerodynamics handle the level of downforce, which is unique, Tobias says. Otherwise the tires would not be able to handle it.

The coupe weighs 1,360 kg (2998 pounds) and the Spider, with its fixed side windows and removable carbon fiber top, only adds about 15 kg (33 pounds) to the total weight, Moers says.

The Aston Marin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG One Are Not Comparable

Moers is in a unique position in that he oversaw development of Project One at Mercedes-AMG, a hypercar with a Formula 1 powertrain which is coming to market this year, and now has had a hand in the F1-inspired Valkyrie at Aston.

He takes pride in both and says they can co-exist: they have similar performance but the emotional experience is different enough that they are not comparable. They drive differently, he says—and he is one of the few people in a position to actually say that, with no one else having driven both.

Aston Went to Valhalla…

Aston also used the Concours for the North American debut of the new 2024 Aston Martin Valhalla, which debuted at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and is referred to as the son of Valkyrie. The Valhalla is a mid-engine hybrid that is key to the future of the brand as it transitions to electric vehicles.

The carmaker will build 999 Valhallas over two years. It has a mid-engine plug-in hybrid system that pairs an AMG-derived 4.0-liter V-8 with a pair of electric motors, good for 937 horsepower.

Also on display are a number of sports cars, GTs, special editions and even SUVs in a nod to the luxury brand’s past, present and future. Among them: the V12 Speedster—Aston is only building 88 of them. All are spoken for and about a dozen have been delivered, Moers says.

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