According to AutoGuide, the British automaker filed the name Valhalla with the European intellectual-property authorities to use on “passenger cars and racing cars and parts and fittings therefor.” And while we may not know specifically which model Aston intends to use the name for, the speculation is that it’ll be used on the forthcoming “baby Valkyrie.”
It would make sense, after all. For one thing, Aston has a long history in using names starting with the letter V for its vehicles: think along the lines of the Vantage, Vanquish, and Valkyrie – not to mention past models like the Vulcan and Virage, the new Varekai crossover, and the Volante modifier it’s applied to some of its convertibles.
For another, the name Valhalla is closely tied to that of the Valkyrie (pictured). In Norse mythology, Valhalla is the world of the afterlife to the Valkyries carry the spirits of slain warriors.
It’s a theme on which Koenigsegg has also tapped into for the forthcoming Ragnarok, as it’s next hypercar will reportedly. That might seem more natural a connection for a company based in Scandinavia. While the name might sound cool and has made it to popular culture by Marvell’s latest Thor movie, it actually refers to the battle at the end of the universe and the demise of the Norse gods.
Anyhow, The model we’re now expecting to carry the Valhalla nameplate is slated to slot in underneath the Valkyrie – still a hypercar, but more in the high-seven/low-eight-figure range than the multi-million-dollar Valkyrie. Think more along the lines of the McLaren Senna rather than the Mercedes-AMG One and Bugatti Chiron.
Beneath that, Aston’s also working on a low/mid-six-figure supercar to take on the likes of the Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan and McLaren 720S. These new mid-engined models will sit alongside the traditional front-engined GTs the brand has become famous for, as well as the upcoming Lagona line of luxury EVs.
The overall picture is one of a far more prolific Aston Martin than the one with which we’ve become familiar over the ages, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the new plan shapes up in the coming years.