Latest special edition celebrates the Red Arrows; production is limited to ten but only nine are available to customers

Ten Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition cars will be produced as the latest commission for the Q by Aston Martin project, celebrating the iconic Red Arrows RAF jets.

The cars are marked out from standard Vanquish S models with Eclat Red paint – the same colour used on the Red Arrows – as well as exterior and interior details, including a side stripe in blue or white in a nod to the smoke trails commonly associated with the jets, and a pattern on the roof which reflects the canopy of a fighter jet.

Inside, the upholstery features the same green used on the Arrows’ pilot flight suits, as well as Red Arrow formation graphics embroudered into the door cards and seat backs. Each car also gets a unique plaque on its engine, signed by the corresponding Red Arrows pilot. The steering wheel also features an RAF-inspired switchgear, and is derived from that of the One-77.

The rear seats have been replaced with a stowage area for two Red Arrow motif crash helmets. These are included, as are race suits and bespoke bomber jackets, a luggage set, car cover, build book and a scale model of both their car and a Hawk Red Arrow plane.

No mechanical changes have been made, so the Vanquish S’s 592bhp, 465lb ft V12 engine remains the same, as do the car’s 3.5sec 0-62mph time and 201mph tip speed.

Production is limited to ten cars, although the final car is to be gifted to the RAF Benevolent Fund, and the series was commissioned to the Q by Aston Martin initiative by Aston Martin Cambridge; the same branch which commissioned the 80 V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 special edition cars last year, and the Vantage S Blades Edition.

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9 April 2017
'embroudered'...'tip speed'... the pilots' precision is not mirrored by the spelling...

9 April 2017
The roof pattern on a real jet is the explosive cable that blows the canopy apart when you eject through it. So unless Aston have finally added a real ejector seat it really is pointless!




9 April 2017
Deputy wrote:

...explosive cable that blows the canopy apart when you eject through it.

Aside from being a bit, erm, red I thought it wasn't bad for an AM limited edition, but then I noticed the explosive cord pattern. Sure enough, they couldn't leave the signature tackiness out.

9 April 2017
You'll get to Cheddar eventually.

10 April 2017
Autocar do you have ANY writers who can spell, Or do you just get lost when not copying directly from a press pack?


Oh and that is one seriously tacky special edition.

10 April 2017
Does it come with jump suit. Seriously sad way to sell cars!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 April 2017
This sort of thing is a disease which now affects all those marques which deliberately confuse exclusivity with expense and think anything overpriced is 'upmarket'.

10 April 2017
I wanna wed one wivva white stwipe and the toy car and the toy plane and can I havva wed line on the tires and wed calipers and and cos I got lotsa money

21 April 2017
I think the 9 that are catered to the public will be swept away in no time looking at the facelift given to this stunning beauty. For collectors and enthusiasts of this car would wait in line to own it despite it having not much of a technical makeover though. Regardless of how little to no change that was applied, a collectible would still be crazed over.

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