Available only in China, the special model costs the equivalent of £235,000.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition. That’s quite the mouthful we have here. The moniker is even longer once we take into account we're dealing with the Roadster model. It’s a China-only special edition of the gorgeous droptop model and only five cars are ever going to be made. As the lengthy name of the car implies, the fancy convertible created by the brand’s 'Q' bespoke division comes to celebrate “British culture and craftsmanship”. Those very few people fortunate enough to claim one will get Stratus White body paint combined with blue accents noticeable on the side mirror caps, rear diffuser, and on the taillights.
To further set it apart from the regular version, Aston Martin will slap on exterior wing badges finished in red, white, and blue. Inside, there's Aurora Blue leather to match the blue touches on the outside and 'Zagato' wave quilting in red specifically created for the limited-run edition. Rounding off the tweaks would have to be the Union Jack embroidery noticeable on the central armrest, along with anodised blue rotary knobs for the dashboard.
Aston Martin wants RMB 2,088,000 for the V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition. Converted to sterling, that’s about £235,000. It doesn’t have any technical upgrades, so the posh roadster has the same V8 4.7-litre engine rated at 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. It will run to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and max out at 190 mph.
The car is celebrating its first public appearance at the Auto Shanghai 2017 where the firm is also showcasing the Asian premiere of the Rapide AMR, which will go into a limited production series of 210 cars. It will join the more exclusive Vantage AMR Pro originally unveiled last month in Geneva and capped at a mere seven units. Both are part of the new AMR sub-brand and will be followed by other extreme versions of the company’s core models.
Source: Aston Martin
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Q by Aston Martin
Aston Martin arrives in Shanghai with an example of the marque’s enhanced Q by Aston Martin bespoke service. The personalisation service has evolved into a multi-tiered offering, giving customers almost limitless opportunities to create their own unique Aston Martin through enhanced levels of design and customer interaction.
The Q by Aston Martin – Collection brings an array of distinctive design touches to your Aston Martin. This selection of exclusive trim and enhancements can be added to your Aston Martin at the point of specification and installed and hand-finished at the luxury marque’s Gaydon headquarters.
The second stage of Aston Martin's enhanced offering is ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’, a step into the world of the truly bespoke, individual sports car. Designed through ‘Commission’ specifically for the Chinese market, the iconic British marque is announcing a special edition Vantage S sports car. Strictly limited to just five examples, the V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition is the perfect embodiment of British culture and craftsmanship. Finished in Stratus White, the car boasts blue tinted mirrors and rear diffuser and unique red, white and blue exterior wing badges. The interior is lavishly trimmed in a deep Aurora Blue leather, with bespoke ‘Zagato’ wave quilting, Anodised Blue Rotaries and Union Jack embroidery.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer said: “The Q by Aston Martin service has grown substantially since it was first established in 2012. We have the opportunity to work with our customers, taking personalisation to a different level. Our commitment to Chinese customers is absolute, as demonstrated with the announcement that we are creating products designed specifically with the Chinese customer in mind with our Q by Aston Martin Commission – the V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition.”
The V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition is priced from RMB 2,088,000.