Aston Martin reveals the Valour: Twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12, manual transmission

By CARSIFU | 12 July 2023

LONDON: In celebration of its 110th anniversary, Aston Martin revealed the Valour – an ultra-exclusive V12-engined, manual transmission special edition built to honour the marque’s long tradition of superlative front-engined sports cars.

The only front-engined V12 sports car available with a manual transmission, its purist approach is unique in 2023.

With production limited to just 110 cars globally, the Valour is powered by a 715ps/753Nm twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 mated to a bespoke six-speed manual transmission for the very first time.

A mechanical limited-slip differential enhances the sense of direct analogue connection between car and driver, with the added support and reassurance of electronic traction and stability control systems.

Valour’s Driving Modes – Sport, Sport+ and Track – have also been tuned to offer meticulously judged throttle response, torque management and sound character.

The Valour also received a bespoke suspension, with adaptive dampers, springs and anti-roll bars.

With standard-fit Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Valour has ample stopping power courtesy of front discs measuring 410mm x 38mm and gripped by 6-piston calipers.

At the rear 360mm x 32mm discs are paired with 4-piston calipers.

Offering increased braking performance and a significant 23kg reduction in un-sprung mass versus steel brakes, these CCB discs are engineered to resist brake fade at temperatures up to 800 degrees.

Completing the hardware package are 21-inch lightweight forged alloy ‘Honeycomb’ wheels, fitted with the latest AML-specific Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tyres - 275/35 R21 front tyres and 325/30 R21 on the rear.

Made entirely from carbon fibre, the bodywork marries Aston Martin’s contemporary design language with instantly recognisable cues from the iconic 1970s V8 Vantage.

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The clamshell bonnet features a large ‘horse shoe’ vent and twin NACA ducts to provide ample ventilation for the twin-turbocharged V12 that sits beneath.

There's also 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.

Inside, there's a two-seater cockpit where customers can create their own unique specifications.

For example, traditional woollen tweed inspired by the seat coverings of Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 provide a wonderful contrast against the high-tech weave of carbon fibre used to form the shells of Valour’s lightweight performance seats, bespoke door cards, fascia air vents, upper centre console and transmission tunnel.

Valour production is due to commence at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in the third quarter of 2023, with first deliveries scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2023.

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