If you think the christened Aston Martin Red Bull project – Valkyrie – is a fully impressive Formula One-derived hypercar, we can tell you the rumor mill thinks the British automaker will deliver more mid-engine supercars in the near future.
The first of the family of new supercars should be a Valkyrie baby brother, “Valkyrie is the start of a mid-engine dynasty, if you want to call it that,” as per comments from CEO Andy Palmer during an interview on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show. “The reason we’re doing it is to create a halo car, but also to create DNA for a mid-engined sports-car range.” The new model should undergo production at Gaydon factory next to the DB11 and Vantage. It will be similar both in terms of proportions and performance with the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488 GTB.
It is also believed it may deploy a V12 engine instead of the Daimler-sourced AMG V8 found on other cars and even make purists happy by adopting a manual transmission – something that competitors have been ditching lately. No mentions about the price, power or design have been made, but it seems it will be introduced around a year after the official presentation of the production DBX crossover – so we can safely assume the end of 2020.