Just five will be built; handover includes day with The Blades aerobatics team

Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned the build of five V8 Vantage S Blade Editions, to celebrate its links with the British aerobatics team.

The models, which are finished in Blade colours, will be sold exclusively from the Cambridgeshire dealership. They will be handed over to their buyers during an action packed day with The Blades at Sywell Aerodrome.

Mechanically speaking, the Blades Edition is identical to a regular V8 Vantage S, so it’s powered by Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 4.7-litre V8, capable of sending 418bhp and 347lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. Straight-line speed is unchanged; the Blade Edition sprints from 0-62mph in a claimed 4.9sec.

What sets the Blades Edition apart from regular Vantages are a few bespoke styling features. Outside, the car receives orange accents and jet-black trim, and inside, the cabin is given similar streaks of colour with contrasting stitching and seat stripes. The Blades logo is embroidered into the seat headrests, and each car gets a unique aircraft identification code.

Also included with the car is a matching car cover made from parachute silk, and a leather photo album documenting the car through from concept to creation.

Buyers will collect their cars from Sywell Aerodrome, where they’ll be treated to VIP hospitality, a driving experience in their car with a professional driver, an aerobatic flight with The Blades and a helicopter hovering lesson, before finishing the day with a performance from the world’s only aerobatic airline.

The V8 Vantage S Blades Edition is available to order from Aston Martin Cambridge now, priced from £119,950, which is £9250 more than a regular Vantage S.

Our Verdict

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Vantage's classic proportions are suitably timeless and desirable

The Aston Martin Vantage has an abundance of soul, and decent ability with it

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4 February 2016

Power and torque figures for the V8 Vantage S should be 430 bhp and 361 lb ft .

5 February 2016

£9250 for nothing, essentially. Not much anyway. Not even an anorak to wear at windy Sywell.

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