Aston Martin's Valkyrie will have a 2022 roadster
Or a Targa, to be precise
The much-hyped Aston Martin Valkyrie isn't even here yet but the company has already announced they've got a plan to unveil a roadster version of it in 2022. Aston CEO Tobias Moers confirmed there are going to be three versions, the 'standard' one, the track-focused AMR PRO and an open top one.
The Valkyrie is built on a carbon fibre monocoque, which means that losing some of its torsional rigidity by chopping the roof off isn't going to be as a big of a problem as it would be if the chassis were made from aluminium, for example, but considering the overall shape and the engine layout, the 'roadster' Valkyrie is likely going to look more like a targa.
As most people know by now, the Valkyrie was initially developed with Red Bull Racing and designed by Adrian Newey, and is powered by a Cosworth-built 6.5-litre V12 and a Rimac-sourced KERS system for a combind power of 1,176 hp. It's been a while since Aston introduced the Valkyrie (and the Valhalla) but production and deliveries have been delayed multiple times because Aston underwent a major corporate restructuring following new investment rounds led by Lawrence Stroll.
The Roadster will almost certainly use the same powertrain as the Valkyrie, but Mercedes now owns a significant stake in Aston Martin so there might be a small chance to see a Mercedes AMG unit under the bonnet of the car. I wouldn't rule it out completely.