Aston Martin turns 110 years old; launches Valour with 6-speed MT
Aston Martin celebrates its 110th anniversary with a limited-edition model that honors the marque’s long tradition of front-engined sportscars, but this one is special. Its twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 sends power to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Say hello to the 2024 Valour.
“Valour is a celebration of Aston Martin’s passion for driving and extraordinary heritage, but it is also emblematic of today’s vibrant and revitalized brand. A modern icon that fuses classic character with contemporary execution, Valour captures the essence of excitement and exclusivity that defines this storied automotive marque. A showcase for our world-class design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities, Valour is further proof of Aston Martin’s position as the driver’s champion and maker of the world’s most exciting, exclusive, and desirable ultra-luxury high-performance cars,” said Aston Martin Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll.
The 2024 Aston Martin Valour is the only front-engined V12 sportscar available with a manual transmission. It takes inspiration from the original V8 Vantage and magnificent Vantage-based RHAM/1 ‘Muncher’ Le Mans racer from 1980.
On the Valour’s body is a custom body structure featuring front and rear shear panels, a rear suspension tower strut brace, and fuel tank bracing to maximize both torsional and lateral stiffness. This gives the suspension an optimized platform to deliver more precise body control and increased refinement. Another side effect is the removal of unwanted sources of steering compliance for a more detailed feel, connection, and steering immediacy.
What defines the Valour’s looks are its clamshell bonnet with a large ‘horse shoe’ vent and twin NACA ducts, the iconic grille shape with aluminum strakes in the central section, large carbon fiber intakes, and the classically inspired round LED headlights. At the rear are a dramatic tail-light graphic with clusters of LED light blades (six on each side), a full-width aluminum accent, a rear diffuser, and a triple tailpipe exhaust system fabricated from lightweight stainless steel.
Inside, the Valour has traditional woolen tweed inspired by the seat coverings of Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1, the high-tech weave of carbon fiber on the lightweight performance seats, bespoke door cards, fascia air vents, upper center console, and transmission tunnel. Buyers can choose between a choice of machined aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, or walnut for the gear knob; and an extensive array of hand-painted stripes and graphics designs for any of the 21 paint colors for the body.
If further customization is needed, Q by Aston Martin will provide a one-off livery, fully exposed 2x2 twill carbon fiber bodywork with a choice of a red, blue, or green tint, painted wheels, Mokume carbon fiber interior detailing, or a choice of Johnsons of Elgin tweed and cashmere fabrics for the seats and headlining.
“At Aston Martin, our design is always progressive, but when it comes to celebrating a significant milestone – in this instance our 110th birthday - we allow ourselves a little latitude. Consequently, Valour is gloriously unapologetic; an old-school brute refined and reimagined through the lens of 2023. Making a return to a chiseled shape, moving away from the more sculptural forms that define current series production Aston Martin’s, with bold details and modern materials rooted in the present. We were keen to ensure its looks reflect the driving experience. The raw physicality of the shape should tell you all you need to know about the ferocious performance and analog thrills of taming a 715PS manual transmission sports car, yet the clear use of the latest technology points to a car with modern manners and exceptional dynamic capabilities,” said Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin’s Director of Design.
The power of the Valour comes from a twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. It sends 715 PS and 753 Nm of torque to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. It has a mechanical limited-slip differential, electronic traction, adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars, and stability control systems. Valour’s Driving Modes include Sport, Sport+ and Track. Stopping power comes from standard-fit Carbon Ceramic Brakes with front discs measuring 410mm x 38mm and gripped by 6-piston calipers, while the rear has 360mm x 32mm discs paired with 4-piston calipers. Each Valour gets a set of 21” lightweight forged alloy ‘Honeycomb’ wheels, which are fitted with the very latest AML-specific Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires.
“Inspired by the iconic, muscle cars from our past, we have endowed Valour with an abundance of power and torque, while using modern technology and engineering to make that performance more exploitable and enjoyable. A big part of honoring that driver-pleasing character was mating our fabulous V12 engine to a manual transmission. It was a unique part of the brief and the result is something truly unforgettable; a state-of-the-art driver’s car that thrives on being pushed to its limits and has the true heart and soul of a timeless analog classic,” said Simon Newton, Aston Martin’s Director of Vehicle Performance.
The 2024 Aston Martin Valour will go into production at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in Q3 of 2023. First deliveries are scheduled to begin during Q4 2023.