We are on the cusp of a golden age of hypercars. The introduction of a new Le Mans hypercar class, the shift to electrified performance, and the explosion of the very affluent population are prompting automakers to bring ever more extreme high-performance vehicles to market.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is just such a vehicle and now we have the first confirmed footage of a customer vehicle on public roads. That menacing green Valkyrie that Motor1.com sent by an anonymous car spotter, was seen on the streets of Munich last Friday.
And it caught the attention of other motorists with its extraordinary design and the shrill (and increasingly rare) V12 sound that came out of the two tailpipes. We’ve always thought Aston’s first hypercar looked appropriately extreme, but when spotted on the autobahn alongside Volkswagen Golfs and Alfa Romeo MiTos it seems downright alien.
We don’t know who the lucky owner of this $3 million limited edition street gun is, but judging by the video he seems to be enjoying his Valkyrie. Furious acceleration bursts and a particularly impressive sprint through a tunnel show that the 1,160 hp car was not afraid to let the car off the leash. Unfortunately, Aston has limited production of the Valkyrie to just 150 examples, so for many of us this video may be the only way to see one in person.
For those who need a refresher, Aston Martin announced the Valkyrie in 2016 as the AM-RB001, a joint development with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. RBR team boss Christian Horner co-designated the Valkyrie in an exclusive interview Motor1.com in October 2018 as “a diffuser on wheels” developed with the help of legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey.
In addition to Formula 1-derived aerodynamics, the Valkyrie features a Rimac kinetic energy recovery system to complement the 6.5-litre Cosworth V12. There’s also active suspension, although this wasn’t working when Newey drove the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2021. In November, Aston Martin confirmed that production of the first Valkyrie cars was complete, with deliveries to begin in a few weeks.
We have reached out to Aston Martin for comment. According to press secretary Nathan Hoyt, this is a customer-delivered car and not a prototype. The company has delivered 10 Valkyries so far, including a mix of street-legal examples like the one shown here and the track-only AMR Pro.