Aston Martin is celebrating its 110th anniversary with a remarkable release: Valour. This ultra-exclusive V12-engined, manual transmission special edition pays homage to Aston Martin’s rich heritage of front-engined sports cars and offers a driving experience that purists crave. With a commitment to performance and driver engagement, Valour stands as a testament to the golden era of driving.
Valour represents a fusion of Aston Martin’s past and present, blending essential qualities from the marque’s greatest front-engined models. Incorporating the latest technology, methods, and materials, Valour embodies the immaculate design and flawless execution found in Aston Martin’s most iconic cars. It stands as a glorious throwback and a contemporary masterpiece, offering a driving experience that connects the driver to the essence of the road.
Drawing inspiration from Aston Martin’s legendary models, Valour showcases a bloodline that is second to none. Reflecting the brawn of the original V8 Vantage and the magnificent Vantage-based RHAM/1 ‘Muncher’ Le Mans racer from 1980, this exceptional car exudes power and performance. It pays tribute to Aston Martin’s legacy of producing machines like the twin supercharged V600 Vantage from the 1990s, a car that held the title of the world’s most powerful production car at that time. Valour’s design echoes that of the exquisite One-77 supercar, and its intense driver-centric character connects it to the one-of-a-kind Victor.
Limited to just 110 cars globally, Valour offers exclusivity that guarantees its place as one of the most collectable Aston Martins ever produced. This end-of-an-era specification, featuring the awe-inspiring 715PS/753Nm twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine coupled with a bespoke six-speed manual transmission, ensures a captivating driving experience. Valour secures its position among the pantheon of all-time great driver’s cars, delivering unrivaled performance and an undiluted connection between car and driver.
Valour’s powertrain calibration allows the driver to unleash the immense power and torque outputs, providing full performance and utmost control in every gear. With a mechanical limited-slip differential and electronic traction and stability control systems, Valour maintains a direct analogue connection between the car and driver. Meticulously tuned driving modes – Sport, Sport+, and Track – offer precise throttle response, torque management, and sound character, further enhancing the driving experience.
Valour’s bespoke suspension, adaptive dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars ensure uncompromising dynamics. The wheel alignment geometry, featuring dedicated camber, castor, and toe settings, delivers taut and precise vertical body control, resisting roll while providing compliance on great driving roads. The unique body structure, featuring front and rear shear panels, a rear suspension tower strut brace, and fuel tank bracing, enhances torsional and lateral stiffness, resulting in more precise body control and increased refinement.
Equipped with standard-fit Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Valour boasts ample stopping power. The front discs measure 410mm x 38mm and are gripped by 6-piston calipers, while the rear discs measure 360mm x 32mm and are paired with 4-piston calipers. These Carbon Ceramic Brakes offer superior braking performance and a significant reduction in un-sprung mass compared to steel brakes, ensuring precise control and confidence at high temperatures. The lightweight forged alloy ‘Honeycomb’ wheels, paired with Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires, provide inspired handling and exceptional road-holding capabilities in all conditions.
Valour’s exterior design marries Aston Martin’s contemporary design language with iconic cues from the 1970s V8 Vantage. The carbon fiber bodywork showcases a bold and unmistakable appearance. From the large ‘horse shoe’ vent and NACA ducts on the clamshell bonnet to the evolved iconic grille shape and LED headlights, Valour exudes both form and function. With meticulous attention to aerodynamics, incorporating front fender vents, rear screen panel exoblades, and an elegantly upswept Kamm tail with a prominent diffuser, Valour achieves a perfect balance of stability and assertive design.
Valour’s interior reflects Aston Martin’s commitment to masterful use of materials and offers a timeless, two-seater cockpit. The centerpiece is the manual transmission gear lever, emphasizing the physical and emotional engagement of driving. Customers can choose from a range of materials to create their own unique specification, combining traditional woollen tweed with high-tech carbon fiber for the seats, door cards, fascia air vents, upper center console, and transmission tunnel. Additionally, Valour offers flexible livery customization options, allowing clients to select hand-painted stripes and graphics designs from a variety of paint colors.
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