The road missile from the British brand and Red Bull Racing is so precisely tuned that future owners have to be sized to sit in it.
Even if you had the cash to afford one of the 150 Aston Martin Valkyries that will roll off the production line in the next few years, you can’t just walk into a dealership and buy one.
The $2.6 million Valkyrie, the latest entry into the exclusive, ineffable club of automobiles known as hypercars, was developed by the historic British brand in collaboration with Adrian Newey, chief technical officer of Formula One championship-winning Red Bull Racing. It’s a hybrid race car for the street, a carbon fiber rocket powered by an astounding 1,000-plus-horsepower V-12 engine that’s assisted by an electric motor. And it’s already sold out—having been made available only to proven loyal fans of the brand with vetted financials.
The owners are thus a rarefied group of enthusiasts who clamored for the hypercar despite their already extensive collections. “They’re excited,” Aston Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said at an exclusive viewing and customer fitting of the Valkyrie (yes, the car is sized to the buyer), which was held for a few American and international buyers in a darkened theater during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California in August. “They’re literally 150 boys and girls waiting for Christmas.”
And wait they must. Although the Valkyrie at Pebble Beach was 95 percent production-ready, some systems, such as the hybrid motor components, aren’t finalized. And road testing will lead to further tweaking of the radical, incised exterior for high-speed stability, lest the Valkyrie literally become airborne. The first of the highly personalized cars won’t be delivered to owners until 2019.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the best the automobile world has to offer, whether current or classic. We’re considering a mixture of price, rarity, speed, overall sex appeal and general salivation factor, but have a floor limit of $1,000,000 – so cars like the $847,000 Porsche 918 don’t make the cut. To qualify for this list, the cars also have to been built with at least some notion of mass market in mind, which means concept cars, or completely custom and one off models like the Maybach Exelero or the Rolls-Royce Hyperion by Pininfarina will not be included.