Aston Martin Vantage S Blades Edition

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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 of the Blade Edition have been sold (each one with its own identifier to link it to a specific plane in the aerobatics squad), making it an enormously valuable collectors’ item as well as a marvellous vehicle in its own right.

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This limited-edition model emphasises its difference immediately with unique exterior styling. The roof panel, rear lamp infills and rear deck lid 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.

Vehicle Specs:

  • V12 Vantage S Carbon Fibre Front Grille painted in Gulf Orange
  • All Satin Black Painted Forged 10 Spoke Lightweight Wheels with Satin Carbon Fibre Wheel Centre Caps
  • Brake Calipers Painted in Gulf Orange
  • Monochrome Union Jack Fender Badge
  • Body Colour Painted Wing Mirror Caps with Gulf Orange Pinstripe
  • California Poppy Stitching with Jaffa Orange Welts inside the car to match Gulf Orange exterior detailing
  • Jaffa Orange Leather Shift Paddles (Sportshift II Gearbox Only)

  • Jaffa Orange Leather Carpet Binding
  • N430 DIM and N430 Instrument Binnacle Hood & Steering Column Cowl upper/lower in Pure Black Alcantara
  • Jaffa Orange Leather Centre Stripe in seats
  • Centre AMi Toggle to be laser etched with propeller detail
  • ‘The Blades’ logo to be embroidered on front seat headrests in California Poppy thread
  • Union Jack to be embossed onto centre armrest
  • Passenger airbag embroidered with unique aircraft identifier i.e. G-ZXEL etc
  • Etching on near side top of both Carbon Fibre Front Splitter and Carbon Fibre Side Strake with relevant aircraft identifier
  • ‘Q by Aston Martin’ Enamel infill badges x 2
  • Matching car cover with monochrome Union Jack on roof and The Blades logo on side to be made from parachute silk
  • Jaffa Orange/Obsidian Black Leather ECU Pouch
  • Jaffa Orange/Obsidian Black Leather Handbook
  • Jaffa Orange/Obsidian Black Leather Photo Album featuring photos of the car being built with space at rear for further photos of handover day



On the day of collection in April 2016, the new owners of these five unique cars received VIP treatment by Aston Martin Cambridge and The Blades at Sywell Aerodrome. This included a driving experience in their new car with an Aston Martin professional driver, an aerobatic flight experience with The Blades, and a helicopter hovering lesson, before finishing the day with a world-class performance from the world’s only aerobatic airline.


Vehicle Length

4382 mm / 2172.5 in

Vehicle Width

2022 mm / 79.6 in

Vehicle Height

(unladen) 1260 mm / 49.6 in


2601 mm / 102.4 in


Unladen Weight (DIN)

1610 kg / 3549 lb


Engine / Cylinders


Engine Capacity

4735 cc

Max Torque

490 nm @ 5000 rmp

Max Power

321 kW @ 7300 rpm


Top Speed

190 mph


0-60 mph / 4.5 sec


Combined Cycle

21.9 mpg

Urban Cycle

14.7 mpg


299 g/km