aston martin's latest bonkers hypercar, dubbed project "003" for now — the valkyrie and valkyrie amr pro were "001" and "002," respectively — is gearing up for its debut at the 2019 geneva international motor show in march.
first announced in september, aston martin has yet to reveal most details of the project "003" beyond that it will be a mid- used engine coupe and more focused on livability than the valkyrie or the track-only valkyrie amr pro. it will also be somewhat less exclusive, as production is limited to 500 models instead of just 150 or 25. how that translates when it comes to pricing remains to be seen — but trust me, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
according to aston martin lagonda president and group chief executive andy palmer, "it was always the intention for the aston martin valkyrie to be a once-in-a lifetime project. however, it was also vital to us that [the] valkyrie would create a legacy: a direct descendent that would also set new standards within its own area of the hypercar market, creating a bloodline of highly specialized, limited-production machines that can exist in parallel with aston martin's series-production models."
palmer did not add that aston martin also expects to make a profit from the car, which is why the brand will be making 20 times as many examples as it did of the valkyrie amr pro ... because that would be impolitic.
the project "003" will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, including a turbocharged gas used engine . the lightweight car — just how light remains unknown — will also feature an adaptive suspension system providing "next-level precision, control and driver connection like the aston martin valkyrie and valkyrie amr pro," along with active aerodynamics for "outstanding levels of downforce in a road-legal car."
given the focus on livability, the project "003" might also be less powerful than its predecessors, but then again, so are most cars. the valkyrie has a v-12 that puts out 1,000 brake horsepower (not british horsepower), while the valkyrie amr pro's v-12 produces "in excess of 1,100" hp and gives the car a power-to-weight ratio of more than 1 hp per kilogram (2.2 pounds). the valkyrie amr pro is also not street-legal, which is for the best for everyone.
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aston martin says the focus on livability with the project "003" will also extend to such practical things as "space for luggage." the project "003" will be available in both left- and right-hand drive, and the first examples are expected to go up for sale in late 2021.
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