Calling all car enthusiasts – prepare to be dazzled as Aston Martin unveils the Valour, a true gem marking their 110-year anniversary. With only 110 units set for production, each Valour comes with a price tag of over £1 million, but trust us, it’s worth every penny.
Inspired by the one-of-a-kind Victor, the Valour is a limited-run special designed to reignite our love for driving in this digital age. Marek Reichman, the brand’s chief creative officer, has poured his heart into creating a masterpiece that reconnects drivers with the pure joy of being behind the wheel.
Beneath the sleek carbon-fibre bodywork lies a ferocious 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, unleashing a mind-boggling 705bhp and 753Nm of torque to the rear wheels through a bespoke six-speed manual gearbox. Performance figures are still a well-kept secret, but buckle up for a potential 0-60mph sprint in just three seconds. And guess what? The Valour proudly holds the title of being the only front-engined V12 sports car with a manual transmission. Talk about unleashing the power of the past!
The Valour’s design pays homage to the iconic V8 Vantage models from yesteryears, drawing inspiration from the RHAM/1 ‘Muncher’ Le Mans racer and the twin-supercharged Vantage V600 of the ’90s. Its brawny stance and delicate aero details are nothing short of mesmerizing. Reichmann himself confirmed that the Valour’s design is all about aerodynamics, with features like the vented bonnet and front eyebrow bridge efficiently cooling the roaring engine while reducing drag – a perfect blend of beauty and brains.
Step closer, and you’ll be greeted with a front splitter that exudes confidence and an integrated ducktail-style spoiler at the rear. New LED light blades give a nod to the magnificent Valkyrie hypercar, while a full-width polished aluminum accent separates the upper and lower bodywork, adding a touch of elegance. Let’s not forget the lightweight stainless steel exhaust with a triple-exit design, saving a whopping 7kg compared to a regular exhaust – music to the ears of any petrolhead.
The Valour means business when it comes to performance. Carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers at the rear are standard, shedding 23kg compared to steel brakes. Behind the 21-inch lightweight forged ‘Honeycomb’ alloy wheels, a mechanical limited-slip differential ensures impeccable traction.
Now, fasten your seatbelts as we dive into the thrilling driving modes: Sport, Sport+, and Track. Each mode is specially tuned for an exhilarating driving experience, tweaking throttle response, engine torque management, and the V12’s sound signature. Prepare for a symphony of speed and power!
Aston Martin engineers have worked their magic on the chassis, offering adaptive suspension dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars with a bespoke setup. The suspension geometry has been tailored for a sporty drive, complemented by shear plates, fuel tank bracing, and a rear suspension strut brace for enhanced body rigidity. It’s a finely-tuned symphony of agility and stability.
Inside the Valour, you’ll find a world of luxurious customisations. Choose from machined aluminum, titanium, carbon fibre, or walnut for the gearknob. And the exposed shift linkage adds a touch of raw excitement – it’s like driving a work of art. The launch model features woollen tweed panels on the carbon-fiber-shell sports seats, a tribute to Aston Martin’s Le Mans-winning DBR1. Other elements like the door cards, air vents, centre console, and transmission tunnel are also crafted from carbon fibre, creating an immersive driving experience.
With Aston Martin’s Q division, the Valour can be tailored to your heart’s desire. From customising elements to the car’s livery, you have the power to create a unique automotive masterpiece.
But here’s the catch – only 110 Valour models will ever grace the roads. Production begins in Q3 this year, with deliveries set for the end of 2023. All 110 units are already reserved, and each Valour is truly a commission, reflecting the exclusivity and craftsmanship Aston Martin is known for.
So, my fellow car lovers, buckle up and get ready for the ride of a lifetime with the Aston Martin Valour. It’s a limited-edition celebration of driving greatness that will leave you in awe with every twist of the steering wheel. Get ready to experience the heart and soul of Aston Martin’s 110-year legacy in this automotive masterpiece.
We cannot wait to see one of these cars in the flesh soon.