It’s about time....

It seems like it’s been forever that we’ve been calling the beast-child created by Red Bull and Aston Martin the AM-RB 001, but all that has come to an end, and – along with the best look we’ve gotten at the car so far – I’d like to introduce you to the Aston Martin Valkyrie. That’s right, it’s not being called the Nebula, and if I catch any of you calling it theAM-RB 001, or any other variation of its code name, I’m not going to be happy about it. Just kidding – call it what you want – but be careful as, in Norse Mythology, Valkyrie was a female figure who ultimately chose who lived and died on the battlefield.

To be honest, it’s a pretty awesome and fitting name, given the credentials AM and Reb Bull have been boasting over the past year. We’re talking about a car that’s motivated by a 6.5-liter Cosworth-built, V-12 that will let this unique beast hit 200 mph in just 10 seconds, top out at 250 mph, and grip in the corners to the tune of 4.5g! And, let’s not forget about the 4,000 pounds of downforce the car will create without using a rear-mounted wing. Needless to say, this thing is going to be crazy, and will probably kill just about anything that tries to get in its way.

Marek Reichman, AM’s Chief Creative Officer, said, “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honor, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

And, there you have it. The car has been blessed by the gods and is ready to bring a divine presence to the streets.

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What do you Think of the Name?

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So about that name… It’s pretty badass for the most part, but it’s not the first time it’s been used. That name was used for a VW-based kit car back in the wonderful 1960s and 1970s; an awesome but failed bomber (think XB-70 Valkyrie); and, unless you slept through all of 2008, the name probably evokes at least some flash of Tom Cruise’s face. The latter could be a good or bad thing, I suppose, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time.

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In the end, this amazing car will probably be the best thing associated with the Valkyrie name so far, and I can’t wait to see what it’s official credentials look like when all of the beans are finally spilled. But, just for the record, it won’t matter much – all 150 planned examples of this beast have already been spoken for, so even if you have the money, don’t plan to get one anytime soon. Anyway, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments section below!

Read our full review on the Aston Martin Valkyrie here.

Press Release

The revolutionary hypercar being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 001, has now been officially named the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

The name continues a fine tradition of Aston Martin ‘V’ cars. This began back in 1951 with Vantage, which was selected as a name to distinguish high performance variants of the then current model, the DB2. Boasting 125bhp versus 105bhp for the standard engine, the Vantage represented a significant increase in performance and desirability. The first time the Vantage badge appeared was on the side of the DB5.

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It remained a name reserved for the most potent model derivatives until 2005, when the Vantage became a model line in its own right. Twelve years later the acclaimed family of V8 and V12-powered models has made the Vantage the most successful model in Aston Martin’s history.

Virage, Vanquish and the Aston Martin Vulcan - Aston Martin’s very own God of fire - are more recent ‘V’ cars to continue this lineage. Now, seven decades after the Vantage name started it all, the Aston Martin Valkyrie propels this uniquely distinctive and lyrical family of model names to another level.

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For Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, Valkyrie perfectly captures the drama of what is not only the ultimate Aston Martin, but the ultimate expression of hypercar design, engineering and performance: “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning. They need to inspire and excite. To tell a story and enrich a narrative that stretches back some 104-years. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an incredibly special car that demands an equally remarkable name; an uncompromising car that leaves nothing in reserve. The connotations of power and honour, of being chosen by the Gods are so evocative, and so pertinent to a car that only a fortunate few will ever experience.”

While its name is rooted in ancient mythology, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is a pure expression of modern technology. By bringing together Aston Martin, Red Bull Advanced Technologies, project partner AF Racing and some of the world’s leading technology partners, the Aston Martin Valkyrie promises otherworldly performance befitting of its name.

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