Sleek and swift, Aston Martin’s Vantage range can satisfy the most demanding driver – especially the “S” version, an even more responsive and agile vehicle than the standard model. The Vantage S, moreover, is available in “Blades Edition”, a model named for the famous British aerobatics team with special bespoke styling and interior tailoring as well as an array of factory-fitted optional equipment.
Just five editions of the Blade Edition will be sold (each one with its own identifier to link it to a certain plane in the aerobatics squad), making it an enormously valuable collectors’ item as well as a marvellous vehicle in its own right. An exclusive handover event for car owners and three guests at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire, moreover, entitles buyers to a variety of wonderful experiences including a drive with an Aston Martin Pro Driver, a flight with the Blades aerobatics team, a helicopter lesson, and a photoshoot to remember it all by.
This limited-edition model emphasises its difference immediately with unique exterior styling. The roof panel, rear lamp infills and rear decklid are all Jet Black, and offset delightfully by brake callipers and a carbon-fibre front grille painted in bright Gulf Orange. One particularly imaginative touch is a car cover with a monochrome union flag design and the Blades logo – manufactured from parachute silk! The stunning looks are rounded off by 10-spoke lightweight alloy wheels with carbon fibre centre caps, painted in Satin Black.
Inside, the heated and electrically-adjustable leather seats are enlivened by a Jaffa Orange stripe in the centre and a “Blades” logo embroidered on the headrests. Naturally, the abundance of standard features present on more conventional editions of the Vantage S are all present, such as climate-controlled air conditioning and electrically-adjustable, heated door mirrors.
Fitted with Aston Martin’s 4.7 litre V8 engine, the Blade Edition is a fine counterpart to the acrobatic Extra 300LP planes used by the aerobatics team. Supplying 430bhp and maximum torque of 490Nm, this engine takes the car from a standing start to 60mph in just 4.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 190mph. Performance is enhanced further by carbon fibre front and rear diffusers and a sports exhaust. A firm but pliant sports suspension and ultra-precise handling, meanwhile, guarantee extraordinary cornering capability.
The well-equipped cabin comes with all the driver-convenience amenities that one would expect. Standard features include satellite navigation, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, a 600W premium audio system, and cruise control.
In addition to a variety of highly effective yet unobtrusive traction control systems, the Vantage S Blade Edition boasts a full set of airbags. Typically, even the safety equipment has been given its own character; the passenger airbag is embroidered with a unique identity code identical to its “sister” aircraft (G-ZXCL, G-ZEXL etc). Parking sensors at the front and rear are standard to guard against bumps and scrapes, with a reversing camera available as an option.For further information about the Vantage S Blades Edition, get in touch
with the Lancaster Aston Martin dealerships in Cambridge or Sevenoaks.
4382 mm / 2172.5 in
2022 mm / 79.6 in
(unladen) 1260 mm / 49.6 in
2601 mm / 102.4 in
Unladen Weight (DIN)
1610 kg / 3549 lb
Engine / Cylinders
490 nm @ 5000 rmp
321 kW @ 7300 rpm
0-60 mph / 4.5 sec