Aston Vanquish takes flight with Red Arrows Edition

Published: 10 April 2017

► Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition
► Ten examples made by Aston’s Q department
► Last car to be donated to RAF fund

The latest limited-run Aston Vanquish is trooping the colour of the UK’s finest pilots: the Red Arrows. The Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition is the newest creation from Q by Aston Martin, the brand’s personalisation arm.

Just ten Red Arrows Edition cars will be made. The design was commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, and the tenth car is being gifted to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the charity that provides support for servicemen and women and their families.

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As you’d expect, the Red Arrows cars are resplendent in gloss red paint with white trimming on the grille, front bumper and side vents. A small Union Jack flag is displayed on the edges of the front splitter and the exposed carbon fibre roof has a pattern that mimics the glass canopy of a fighter jet.

Inside, the seats are coloured in ‘Pinewood green’ to match the colour of the classic flight suits worn by RAF pilots, there’s an RAF emblem on the dashboard and the steering wheel is inspired by that of the One-77.

No change to the Vanquish S performance credentials, apart from a titanium exhaust, so customers will have Aston’s established 6.0-litre V12 with 591bhp, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and 465lb ft of torque to play with.

If that’s not enough for you, the Red Arrows Edition can be had with a huge range of accessories including racing helmets and suits, a 1:18 model of the car, or the Hawk jet that the Red Arrows use (sadly also in model form).

Fancy one? You’d better get yourself to Aston Martin Cambridge pronto: there are only nine customer cars available and they’re unlikely to hang around.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches