With the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship set to kick off on 26 March, Aston Martin has unveiled its latest additions to the Vantage range, the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions.
While both Aston and Red Bull are busy working on AM-RB 001, the Q division (Q by Aston Martin) has decided to give the Vantage some wings. Taking inspiration from Red Bull Racing’s distinctive race livery, owners will be treated to a deep Mariana Blue paint finish as standard. For those wanting a slight twist, gloss Tungsten Silver or satin Mariana Blue exteriors are also optional.
Complementing the signature paint finish is a race-inspired carbon fibre splitter, diffuser, grille and side strakes. Red infills on the carbon fibre grille and yellow calipers complete the colour scheme. Inside, there is a Red Bull Racing headrest embroidery, carbon fibre trim inlays, and a colour-coded leather steering wheel complete with 12 o’clock accent stripe.
Customers may opt for their sill and final inspection plaques to be signed by the Red Bull Racing drivers, either Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen. This edition is for the “most devoted Formula 1 enthusiast”, says Aston.
Aston Martin President & CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said, “Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin”.
No mechanical changes under the hood. The V12 Vantage S packs a 5.9 litre (5935 cc) naturally aspirated engine, producing 563 hp @ 6650 rpm (568 hp with Sport-Plus Pack) and 620 Nm of torque @ 5500 rpm (630 with Sport-Plus Pack), paired to a 7 Speed manual transmission or ‘Sportshift III’ AMT, sending power to the rear wheels. 0-100 km/h happens in 3.9 seconds, and maxes out at 330 km/h.
The V8 Vantage S on the other hand packs a 4.7 litre (4735 cc) naturally aspirated engine, producing 430 bhp @ 7300 rpm and 490 Nm of torque @ 5000 rpm, paired to a 6 Speed manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels. 0-100 km/h happens in 4.8 seconds, and maxes out at 305 km/h.