In honor of its a hundred and tenth anniversary, British automaker Aston Martin has introduced a limited-edition carbon-body sports activities automotive known as the Valour. Solely 110 models are being made, and never a single one in every of them could have an computerized transmission.
Impressed by the V8 Vantage and the Vantage-based RHAM/1 “Muncher” Le Mans racer from 1980, the Valour combines a customized 6-speed guide transmission with a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine. In accordance with Aston Martin, it is the world’s solely front-engined V12 sports activities automotive out there with a guide transmission.
It moreover sports activities a mechanical limited-slip differential plus digital traction and stability management methods, together with three driving modes: Sport, Sport+ and Monitor. Every a kind of provides totally different throttle response, torque administration and sound character.
The automobile’s customized suspension incorporates adaptive dampers, springs and anti-roll bars, all supposed to ship “a sporting stability of taut, exact vertical physique management and resolute resistance to roll, whereas providing the compliance to shine on nice driving roads.”
The Valour rolls on a set of 21-inch light-weight solid alloy “Honeycomb” wheels clad in AML-specific Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires. Stopping energy is supplied by carbon ceramic brakes, that are reportedly 23 kg (51 lb) lighter than a full set of standard metal brakes.
Aston Martin is actually pushing the entire guide transmission factor, because the central function of the two-seat cockpit is the gear-shift lever. It options an uncovered shift mechanism (“to emphasise the mechanical connection”) together with a knob that is out there within the purchaser’s selection of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber or walnut wooden.
Deep-pocketed patrons also can select between totally different upholstery materials similar to a standard woolen tweed, and between 21 exterior paint colours.
Manufacturing of the Valour is slated to start within the third quarter of this yr, with first deliveries following within the fourth quarter. And no, there is not any phrase on pricing or efficiency specs.
Supply: Aston Martin