- The 2024 Aston Martin Valour: A celebration of driving heritage and exhilarating performance.
- Aston Martin's ultra-exclusive V12-engined, manual transmission special edition.
- Valour captures the essence of excitement and exclusivity.
- A fusion of classic character and contemporary execution.
- Valour stands as a showcase of world-class design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities.
- Unparalleled commitment to an involving driving experience.
- Valour pays homage to a golden era of driving with its unique purist approach.
- Aston Martin's rich heritage influences Valour's design and performance.
- Limited production of only 110 cars globally, making Valour highly collectible.
- Valour's unrivaled powertrain and dynamic characteristics ensure a thrilling and engaging ride.
Aston Martin is thrilled to introduce Valour, an extraordinary V12-engined, manual transmission special edition, as a tribute to the brand's rich tradition of front-engined sports cars. This exclusive model, created in honor of Aston Martin's 110th anniversary, is designed to captivate purists who crave unadulterated and visceral driving experiences.
Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin Executive Chairman, expressed his excitement about the exhilarating new special edition, stating, "Valour embodies Aston Martin's passion for driving, extraordinary heritage, and the revitalized spirit of our brand. It seamlessly combines classic character with contemporary execution, capturing the essence of excitement and exclusivity that defines our storied automotive marque. Valour serves as a testament to our world-class design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities, reinforcing Aston Martin's position as the champion of drivers and creator of the world's most exciting, exclusive, and desirable ultra-luxury high-performance cars."
Valour is specifically crafted for individuals who appreciate an engaging driving experience. As the only front-engined V12 sports car available with a manual transmission in 2023, it represents a unique offering that pays homage to a golden era of driving. This commitment to performance and stimulation sets Valour apart, making it truly exceptional.
Drawing inspiration from Aston Martin's illustrious heritage, Valour incorporates the latest technology, methods, and materials. It seamlessly blends the defining qualities of Aston Martin's finest front-engined models, encompassing the breathtaking design and flawless execution reminiscent of the exquisite One-77 supercar, as well as the raw power and character of iconic sports cars like the V600 Vantage. Valour stands as a glorious amalgamation of Aston Martin's past and present, delivering an antidote to cars that disconnect drivers from the joy of driving.
The pedigree of Valour is unmatched. Inspired by the original V8 Vantage and the awe-inspiring Vantage-based RHAM/1 'Muncher' Le Mans racer from 1980, this remarkable car exemplifies Aston Martin's ultimate sports cars. It also draws parallels with the legendary Victor and the world's most potent production car from the 1990s, the twin supercharged V600 Vantage. With only 110 units produced worldwide, Valour's rarity guarantees its status as one of the most collectible Aston Martins ever created.
At the heart of Valour lies an awe-inspiring powertrain. Its bespoke six-speed manual transmission, paired with an epic 715PS/753Nm twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine, provides an absorbing and captivating driving experience. The power and torque outputs are optimized for unrivaled performance and driver control in every gear. Valour incorporates a mechanical limited-slip differential, reinforcing the direct connection between the car and the driver, supported by electronic traction and stability control systems. The meticulously tuned Sport, Sport+, and Track driving modes offer precise throttle response, torque management, and sound character.
Valour's dynamic credentials are further enhanced by its custom suspension, featuring adaptive dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars exclusively developed for this model. The precise wheel alignment geometry with dedicated camber, castor, and toe settings ensures a distinct and well-defined ride and handling qualities. As a road car first and foremost, Valour strikes a perfect balance between taut vertical body control, exceptional resistance to roll, and the compliance required to excel on thrilling driving roads.
To refine its unique dynamic character, Valour's custom body structure incorporates front and rear shear panels, a rear suspension tower strut brace, and fuel tank bracing. These elements maximize both torsional and lateral stiffness, providing an optimized platform for precise body control and increased refinement. The new steering system eliminates unwanted compliance, amplifying the driver's sense of detailed feel, connection, and immediacy.
Valour comes equipped with standard-fit Carbon Ceramic Brakes, offering outstanding stopping power. The front discs measure 410mm x 38mm and are gripped by 6-piston calipers, while the rear features 360mm x 32mm discs paired with 4-piston calipers. These Carbon Ceramic Brakes deliver increased performance and reduce unsprung mass by a substantial 23kg compared to steel brakes. Engineered to resist brake fade at temperatures up to 800 degrees, they instill confidence and precise control, allowing drivers to fully explore Valour's performance potential.
Complementing the impressive hardware, Valour boasts stunning 21" lightweight forged alloy 'Honeycomb' wheels. These wheels are wrapped in AML-specific Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires, sized 275/35 R21 in the front and 325/30 R21 in the rear, ensuring exceptional handling and road grip in various conditions, be it wet or dry.
Simon Newton, Aston Martin's Director of Vehicle Performance, highlighted the inspiration drawn from iconic muscle cars, stating, "With Valour, we aimed to infuse immense power and torque reminiscent of our past models, while leveraging modern technology and engineering to make that performance more accessible and enjoyable. The integration of our fabulous V12 engine with a manual transmission was a unique and crucial aspect of our vision. The result is truly unforgettable—a state-of-the-art driver's car that thrives when pushed to its limits and possesses the true heart and soul of a timeless analogue classic."
Valour proudly expresses its immense performance capabilities and intense driving characteristics through its commanding stance and meticulously designed physique. Crafted entirely from carbon fiber, the bodywork seamlessly blends Aston Martin's contemporary design language with iconic cues from the legendary 1970s V8 Vantage. The result is a bold and unmistakable design that captivates from every angle.
The clamshell bonnet features a large 'horse shoe' vent and twin NACA ducts, ensuring optimal ventilation for the twin-turbocharged V12 engine underneath. Aston Martin's iconic grille shape has been evolved to enhance both form and function, incorporating aluminum strakes in its central section. Carbon fiber intakes on either side provide cool air to the engine and brakes while framing the classically inspired round LED headlights, unique to Valour, creating a menacing front-end aesthetic.
Valour effortlessly combines modern aerodynamic principles with its assertive design. The expertly managed airflow optimizes stability while exuding confidence. The front splitter, along with the front fender vents seamlessly integrated into the car's flanks, harmoniously work with the rear screen panel featuring vortex generating exoblades, the elegantly upswept Kamm tail, and the prominent diffuser to achieve aerodynamic balance.
At the rear, Valour showcases a dramatic tail-light graphic with LED light blades, paying homage to the groundbreaking Valkyrie hypercar. A full-width aluminum accent, meticulously milled from a solid billet and polished to perfection, adds a distinct visual touch, separating the upper and lower sections of the rear-end. The centerpiece of Valour's extraordinary rear design is the triple tailpipe exhaust system, crafted from lightweight stainless steel. With a wall thickness of less than 1mm, this unique tubing not only saves 7kg compared to traditional systems but also produces an exhilarating and resonant exhaust note.
Inside, Valour continues its celebration of Aston Martin's heritage with a timeless and elegant two-seater cockpit that exudes simplicity and tactile allure. The centerpiece of the interior is the manual transmission gear lever, available in machined aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, or walnut finishes. The exposed shift mechanism emphasizes the mechanical connection, placing a strong emphasis on physical and emotional engagement, which has become increasingly rare in modern cars.
Aston Martin's meticulous attention to detail extends to the choice of materials, allowing customers to create their own unique specifications. The interior features a stunning combination of traditional woollen tweed, reminiscent of the seat coverings from Aston Martin's 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1, and high-tech carbon fiber. This exquisite blend can be found in Valour's lightweight performance seats, bespoke door cards, fascia air vents, upper center console, and transmission tunnel.
Furthermore, Valour offers extensive personalization options, including a flexible method of livery customization. Divided into four distinct areas – front, bonnet, sides, and rear – customers can select from a wide range of hand-painted stripes and graphics designs, available in 21 paint colors.
For those seeking an even more exclusive and bespoke experience, Q by Aston Martin offers tailored specifications. Options include designing a one-of-a-kind livery, fully exposed 2x2 twill carbon fiber bodywork with red, blue, or green tint, painted wheels, Mokume carbon fiber interior detailing, and a selection of Johnsons of Elgin tweed and cashmere fabrics for the seats and headlining.
Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin's Director of Design, discussed the progressive yet celebratory approach to Valour's design, stating, "At Aston Martin, our design ethos is always forward-thinking. However, when it comes to commemorating significant milestones like our 110th birthday, we allow ourselves a certain freedom. Valour is gloriously unapologetic—a refined and reimagined old-school brute, seamlessly blending the chiseled shape with bold details and modern materials. Its physicality speaks volumes about its ferocious performance and the analog thrills of taming a 715PS manual transmission sports car, while its integration of cutting-edge technology hints at its modern manners and exceptional dynamic capabilities."
Production of Valour is set to commence at Aston Martin's Gaydon Headquarters in the third quarter of 2023, with first deliveries scheduled for the fourth quarter of the same year. Poised to become one of the most coveted cars in Aston Martin's unparalleled catalog of iconic front-engined special series sports cars, Valour represents a precious collector's piece that demands to be driven.