Aston Martin is celebrating its 110th anniversary with the Valour, a special and ultra-exclusive edition featuring a V12 engine and manual transmission, built to honor the brand’s long tradition of exceptional front-engine sports cars. The spectacular style of this Valour is the result of the work of a team led by Miles Nurnberger, Aston’s design director and the man behind the CC100, which Aston created to commemorate its 100th anniversary. While the CC100 was an almost imperceptible speedster, the Valour is a robust coupe, designed with inspiration from the square bodied V8 Vantage that the British marque produced between 1977 and 1989.
Directly aimed at those who appreciate a truly engaging driving experience, the Valour’s commitment to performance and driving thrill is unparalleled. As the only front-engine V12 sports car available with a manual transmission, its purist approach is unique in 2023, representing an exciting tribute to a golden era of driving.
Power comes from a 5.2-liter V-12 version of the outgoing DBS Superleggera. This produces 715 horsepower and 753 Nm of torque. This is achieved through the introduction of a new six-speed manual gearbox, a significant technical challenge. The new gearbox is controlled by a new wooden and metal shifter housed within a carbon fiber surround in the center of the cabin. The console buttons come from the Vantage, which will soon be retired, along with the heating and ventilation dials. This means that the Valour will be the last Aston Martin car launched without a touchscreen interface.
With production limited to just 110 cars worldwide, the rarity of the Valour ensures its place among the most collectible of all Aston Martins. The specification that combines, for the first time, the epic 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 715 hp/753 Nm and a customized six-speed manual transmission guarantees a truly immersive experience and secures the Valour’s position in the pantheon of the greatest cars ever created.