To commemorate its 110th anniversary, Aston Martin unveiled a commanding V-12 sports car dubbed the Valour on Tuesday.
Due for the 2024 model year, the automaker plans to manufacture only 110 units for global distribution, and it’s expected that all the slots are already booked.
With similarities to the Victor supercar, a unique model unveiled in 2020 that was based on the One-77 supercar’s platform, the Valour borrows its classic aesthetic from the 70s and 80s V8 Vantage and DBS V8-based RHAM/1 race car, also known as the Muncher, a competitor in numerous 24 Hours of Le Mans races in the ’70s.
Aston Martin’s design director, Miles Nurnberger, elaborated in a statement, “At Aston Martin, our design approach is always progressive, yet for significant celebrations, like our 110th birthday, we allow ourselves some creative freedom. As such, Valour is unapologetically bold—a traditional powerhouse redesigned through the perspective of 2023.”
The Aston Martin Valour of 2024
Beneath the hood, the Valour boasts a turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 from Aston Martin, specially tweaked to generate 705 hp. In a departure from the automatic transmissions typically paired with this engine, such as in the final V12 Vantage, a custom 6-speed manual transmission has been designed for the Valour. The rear wheels receive power through a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Aston Martin hints that this could be a one-time offering, referring to the Valour as an homage to a bygone era of driving.
Aside from its drivetrain, the Valour features a distinctive suspension setup with adaptive dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars, and tailored settings for stability and traction control systems and various drive modes. The car’s chassis is also strengthened with components like front and rear shear panels, a gas tank brace, and a rear strut tower brace.
The Aston Martin Valour of 2024
For reliable braking, the Valour is equipped with standard carbon-ceramic brake rotors, held by 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear. These are fitted within 21-inch wheels, similar in design to those found on the DBS 770 Ultimate, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires, a staple of the new DB12. The tires at the rear are a hefty 325/30, while the front pair are 275/35s.
The Valour’s body, predominantly composed of carbon fiber, includes a large clamshell hood with a horseshoe vent and twin NACA ducts. Exposed carbon fiber can also be seen in the interior, adding to its allure, particularly on the doors and center console. The inside is further enhanced with traditional materials such as woolen tweed, a nod to the coverings of the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1, providing a unique character. Aston Martin also provides an array of customization options, including hand-painted liveries, for buyers.
Production for the Valour is set to begin in the third quarter, with the first units scheduled for delivery by the end of 2023. Aston Martin has not yet disclosed pricing information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Aston Martin Valour
What is the Aston Martin Valour?
The Aston Martin Valour is a limited edition V-12 sports car released to commemorate the automaker’s 110th anniversary. It is designed with retro aesthetics inspired by Aston Martin’s heritage, combined with a powerful modern engine.
How many Aston Martin Valour units will be produced?
Aston Martin plans to manufacture only 110 units of the Valour for global distribution to mark their 110th anniversary.
What engine does the Aston Martin Valour have?
The Valour boasts a turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 from Aston Martin, specially tweaked to generate 705 horsepower.
What type of transmission does the Aston Martin Valour have?
In a departure from the automatic transmissions typically paired with the V-12, the Valour sports a bespoke 6-speed manual transmission, delivering power to the rear wheels.
When will the Aston Martin Valour be available?
Production for the Valour is set to begin in the third quarter of 2023, with the first units scheduled for delivery by the end of the same year.
What is unique about the Aston Martin Valour’s design?
The Valour features retro styling inspired by the muscle car-like V8 Vantage of the 1970s and ’80s. The body is predominantly composed of carbon fiber and includes a large clamshell hood with a horseshoe vent and twin NACA ducts. The interior incorporates classic materials like woolen tweed, reminiscent of Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1.
More about Aston Martin Valour
- Aston Martin Official Website
- Aston Martin Valour Release
- Aston Martin’s 110-Year History
- Information about the Aston Martin Victor
- Aston Martin One-77 Overview
- History of the V8 Vantage
- Aston Martin’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Participation
- Details about the DB12