TO COMMEMORATE 110 years of Aston Martin, the great British luxury automotive maker has released a very limited, very sleek, very Batman-looking automobile that intends to “connect driver and machine again”. Welcome to the V12 Aston Martin Valour — a fearless fusion of heritage and modern luxury.
The unveiling of the new V12 Valour is beyond impressive, look at the thing! Extremely limited to just 110 models — a nod to 110 years of Aston Martin — the Valour is proof that a driver can still have an emotional connection to a car. To achieve such a (swish) sentiment, no detail has been spared.
Tailored for discerning tastes, Valour offers infinite options and unique, individually-commissioned specifications that are integrated from the start to satisfy not only the astute Aston Martin collector, but any adrenaline-fuelled motor enthusiast looking for the iconic taste of an Aston Martin.
The British marquee has really turned the heat up with the unveiling for the daring new V12, which boasts a combined 5.2-litre V12 engine with a manual gearbox — an engine also used in the DB11, V12 Vantage, and DBS Superleggera. This powerhouse engine will produce 705-horsepower with 555 pound-feet of torque, making for one incredibly fast, incredibly powerful super car that has to be driven to be believed. On the topic of the V12 engine, much like other automotive companies in the industry, this engine too will be phased out, making the Valour, sadly, the last Aston Martin with a V12 engine.
“Valour is a celebration of Aston Martin’s passion for driving and extraordinary heritage, but it is also emblematic of today’s vibrant and revitalised brand,” said Aston Martin Executive Chairman, Lawrence Stroll (who is also the father of Aston Martin F1 driver, Lance Stroll).
“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.”
Built in celebration of Aston Martin’s 110th birthday, the Valour harks back to the era of the V8 Vantage of the 1970s and 80s, an iconic design with its shark-nose, massive open grille, round headlights and ducktail spoiler.
While the exterior of the Valour is unmistakably Aston Martin — the ultra-modern full carbon body is a work of art — the interior is just as sleek. Aston Martin call it “Retro Futurism” and we love that the British marquee have decided to keep the cockpit simple and clean yet completely design-driven. The carbon fibre seats are covered in a stylish (British) tweed, which draws direct inspiration from the Le Mans-winning 1959 Aston Martin DBR1, is a stylish touch. There is also weaved carbon fibre to form the seat shells, bespoke door cards, fascia air vents, upper centre console and transmission tunnel.
With only 110 units being produced globally, it’s likely the Aston Martin Valour is well on its way to being sold out, with production set to begin in Q3 of 2023 followed by deliveries in Q4. No prices have been announced of yet, but we wouldn’t put it past a seven-figure range.