10 Must-Know Facts About The Aston Martin Valour

10 Must-Know Facts About The Aston Martin Valour

Gerald Yuen
Gerald Yuen
12 Jul 2023

Aston Martin is no stranger to blockbuster naming conventions. The Valhalla was derived from Norse mythology as a sign of utmost respect during battles, and the Valkyrie represents the chooser of the slain. And now we have Valour, which denotes the ability to summon great courage in face of danger. Customer deliveries for Valour will begin in Q4 2023, so let’s get on with the facts, fast…

It’s an anniversary special

Valour celebrates Aston Martin’s 110th anniversary by honouring its unique tradition of superlative special edition front-engined sportscars. Aston Martin Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll labels Valour as “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” - that’s the brand’s current positioning in a heartbeat.

It’s a driver’s dream

Never once did Aston Martin reveal Valour’s 0 - 100km/h time or top speed in the press kit, but it emphasised use of a manual transmission on no less than seven occasions. It’s “aimed squarely at those who relish a truly involving driving experience” Oh, and it’s the only new front-engined V12 sports car available with a manual transmission…

Limited edition, guaranteed

Only 110 examples will be built globally. This end-of-an-era specification mates the 715PS / 753Nm twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 to a bespoke six-speed manual transmission for the very first time.

There’s a story to tell

Valour’s bloodline is inspired by the original V8 Vantage and Vantage-based RHAM/1 ‘Muncher’ Le Mans racer from 1980. Machines like the 1990s twin supercharged V600 Vantage; for a time the world’s most powerful production car. Design and execution echoes that of the One-77 supercar, while its driver-centric character connects Valour to the one-off Victor.

Tuned to tackle the best driving roads

A mechanical limited-slip differential enhances the sense of direct analogue connection between car and driver. Wheel alignment geometry has dedicated camber, castor and toe settings. A road car first and foremost, this means striking a sporting balance of taut, precise vertical body control and resolute resistance to roll.

And those rims…

A set of 21-inch lightweight forged alloy ‘Honeycomb’ wheels are fitted with the latest AML-specific Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tyres - 275/35 R21 front tyres and 325/30 R21 on the rear - for inspired handling and road-holding in wet or dry conditions.

A beautiful blend of design and aero

Modern aerodynamic thinking has been incorporated into the design, with expert management of the airflow optimising stability while achieving a uniquely assertive design. The front splitter and front fender vents incorporated into Valour’s flanks work in harmony with the rear screen panel’s featuring vortex generating exoblades, and upswept tail and prominent diffuser to achieve aerodynamic balance.

A rear to savour

The rear-end features a dramatic tail-light graphic, with clusters of LED light blades echoing the Valkyrie. A full-width aluminium accent delineates the rear-end. Positioned between the deep elements of the rear diffuser is the centrepiece of Valour’s rear design; a triple tailpipe exhaust system fabricated from lightweight stainless steel. With a wall thickness of less than 1mm this special tubing makes a 7kg weight saving versus a traditional system.

Exposed shift linkages

Central to the cabin is the manual transmission gear lever. With a choice of machined aluminium, titanium, carbonfibre or walnut for the gearknob, and an exposed shift mechanism to emphasise the mechanical connection, Aston claims that Valour “majors on delivering the physical and emotional engagement that has been lost to progress” Yes, this echoes our thoughts…

One-of-one made possible by Q

Should a customer wish to go beyond the standard palette of Valour options, then they may engage the services of Q by Aston Martin to create a truly bespoke specification. Examples of this include design of a one-off livery, fully exposed 2x2 twill carbonfibre bodywork with a choice of red, blue or green tint, painted wheels, Mokume carbonfibre interior detailing or a choice of Johnsons of Elgin tweed and cashmere fabrics for the seats and headlining.

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