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Official: the Aston Martin Valkyrie will have 1,160bhp

Power and torque totals for Aston’s road-going F1 car revealed. Yikes

Published: 01 Mar 2019

Let’s not mess around: the Aston Martin Valkyrie will develop 1,160bhp and 664lb ft of torque.

That’s today’s news straight out of Aston Martin, finally confirming the power output of the naturally aspirated Cosworth V12 which will lie amid the Valkyrie hypercar.  We’ve seen the car, we’ve heard the engine, but lordy-lord, those are some big numbers to wrap your head around. For the avoidance of doubt, this thing is going to be fast.

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Aston Martin says the 6.5-litre V12 will, on its own, develop a nice, round 1,000bhp – at a shrill 10,500rpm. It’ll need revving to 7,000rpm just to generate peak torque of 546lb ft.

The company says, nostalgically: “Evoking the spine-tingling, ultra-high-revving F1 engines of the 1990s, but benefitting from two decades of progress in design, material and manufacturing expertise, it sets exceptional new standards for maximum rpm and weight.”

These already heady numbers are backed up by a hybrid unit developed by EV hypercar specialists, Rimac. The electric boost contributes an extra 160bhp and 207lb ft of oomph, which ought to get the Valkyrie pootling along nicely while that manic V12 revs itself into a frenzy.

The hybrid system will be charged by F1-style KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Meanwhile, the 153.8bhp-per-litre engine will rev on to a stratospheric 11,100rpm. Needless to say, that’s a world record redline for a road car.

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To mark the occasion of the bhp beans being spilled – and the first Valkyrie prototypes heading into production – Aston has created this orange designer spec, titled ‘Maximum’. We’re rather fond of it, but if you disagree, relive’s trip to spec our very own Valkyrie here…

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