Aston Martin has revealed the 2024 Valour
In celebration of its 110th anniversary, Aston Martin has revealed the Valour, a spectacular, ultra-exclusive V12-engined and manual transmission special edition, which was built to honour the marque’s long tradition of front-engined sports cars.
Although physically influenced by the one-off Victor from 2020, while that had a 7.3-litre V12, the Valour opts for Aston’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo twelve-cylinder mounted in a bespoke version of the company’s bonded aluminium platform. In what Aston describes as a “mouthwatering, end-of-an-era specification”, it punches out 705bhp and 555lb ft of torque that’s sent to a bespoke, six-speed manual and mechanical limited-slip differential.
The car also receives adjustable dampers and a new power steering set-up intended to provide more granular feedback through the wheel. Stopping power is provided by standard-fit carbon ceramic discs measuring 410x38mm with six-pot calipers up front and 360x32mm discs with four-pot calipers at the rear. Valour’s celebration of Aston Martin’s heritage continues inside, including a choice of machined aluminium, titanium, carbon fibre or walnut for the gear knob, and an exposed shift mechanism to emphasise the mechanical connection.
Traditional woollen tweed, inspired by the seat coverings of Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1, is then a discreet contrast against the high-tech weave of carbon fibre used to form the shells of the Valour’s lightweight performance seats, bespoke door cards, fascia air vents, upper centre console and transmission tunnel.
Aston Martin’s executive chairman, Lawrence Stroll, said the 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.” With sales limited to just 110 cars globally, Valour production is due to commence at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters at the end of 2023, with the first deliveries scheduled to begin during early 2024.