In commemoration of its remarkable 110-year journey in the automotive industry, Aston Martin introduces the Valour, a front-engined V12 sports car of unparalleled exclusivity and nostalgia. A unique tribute to a golden era of motoring, the Valour is both a nod to Aston Martin’s glorious past and a representation of the brand’s vibrant present. Limited to a mere 110 units worldwide, this exclusive manual transmission (yes, manual) sports car encapsulates Aston Martin’s unyielding commitment to producing driver-centric vehicles. Aesthetically, the Valour’s styling is a poignant homage to the iconic 1970s/1980s V8 Vantage and the legendary ‘Muncher’ Le Mans racer.
At the heart of the Valour lies a twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine, mated for the first time to a bespoke six-speed manual transmission. This potent combination delivers a compelling 705 horsepower and 555 lb/ft of torque, ensuring an unforgettable driving experience that blends raw power with the visceral thrill of a manual gearbox. With a unique powertrain calibration, Valour delivers unrestrained power across every gear, reflecting Aston Martin’s ceaseless devotion to the pure art of driving, especially in a time when pure driver’s cars have become a dying breed.
The Valour’s exceptional dynamism is a result of state-of-the-art technology, ensuring precise control and refinement in every aspect of its design. A meticulous focus on advanced aerodynamics and bespoke suspension calibration, coupled with 21” lightweight forged alloy ‘Honeycomb’ wheels, imbues Valour with uncompromised stability and road-holding capabilities.
Aston Martin’s dedication to attention to detail is evident in the Valour’s striking design. Taking cues from the classic V8 Vantage, the Valour’s carbon-fiber bodywork pairs timeless elegance with modern technology. Notable features include a large ‘horse shoe’ vent and twin NACA ducts on the clamshell bonnet, and a unique triple tailpipe exhaust system fabricated from lightweight stainless steel. The exclusive round LED headlights and dramatic tail-light graphics add a touch of modernity to this tribute vehicle.
Inside, the Valour offers a two-seater cockpit focused on pure driving engagement. A manual transmission gear lever, which can be finished in aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, or walnut wood, adds an analogue connection that’s increasingly rare in contemporary sports cars. Masterful use of materials like woolen tweed and carbon fiber reflects Aston Martin’s tradition of luxury and performance.
Set to commence production in Q3 of 2023, the Valour is a spectacular commemoration of Aston Martin’s illustrious history. This iconic sports car is not just a collector’s piece, it is a vehicle built for the sheer joy of driving. The new Aston Martin Valour perfectly encapsulates the brand’s unique 110-year tradition of creating spectacular special edition sports cars that celebrate the timeless allure of the ultimate visceral driving experience.
Sources: Aston Martin