Aston Martin has revealed some juicy details about the 6.5-liter V12 powering the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie road car. They, along with the lovely detailed images, will make your inner powertrain-geek weak at the knees.
One thousand horsepower at 10,500 rpm. Five hundred sixteen lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Titanium connecting rods and F1-spec pistons. A redline of 11,500 rpm. Clearly, the Valkyrie’s 65-degree V12 engine, co-developed with race engine-extraodinaires at Cosworth, is a beast.
And those figures don’t even account for a hybrid system that will work in conjunction with the naturally aspirated motor. Aston Martin hasn’t divulged much about that hybrid system, but the brand has made it clear why it decided to go with a naturally aspirated design instead of bolting some turbos on. It’s all about the “purity”:
The programme called for a normally aspirated engine from the very beginning, for while turbocharging has absolutely come of age and offers significant and widespread benefits – especially in a road application – the greatest driver’s car of the modern era demands an internal combustion engine that sits at the absolute pinnacle for performance, excitement and emotion. This means the uncompromising purity of natural aspiration.
Coming in at about 450 pounds, the engine may not seem particularly light, but, Aston Martin points out, it’s actually a stressed member in the chassis. “Remove the engine and there is nothing joining the front wheels to the back!” the brand’s press release reads.
But of course, you want to see the beautiful hardware, so here’s Carfection’s video of Cosworth’s managing director showing off the lovely powertrain. Crucially, the clip also includes the incredible sound this motor makes:
And here are some close-up shots from Aston Martin:
Yes. I, too, plan to copy those images, and wrap the inside of my entire house in Aston Martin Valkyrie engine wallpaper.