Aston Martin launches Red Arrows-inspired Vanquish S

Limited-edition car gets a bespoke 'Eclat Red' paint job and a flight suit-themed interior

Aston Martin has taken the wraps off ten limited-edition Red Arrows-inspired Vanquish S, celebrating the legendary aerobatics squad.

The Red Arrows Edition Vanquish S, is available exclusively in coupe form and finished in "Eclat Red", which is similar to the gloss-finished paintwork on the team's Hawk jets and takes its name from the troupe's motto: Eclat, or excellence.

White and blue detailing "break up the all-red paint job", says AutoExpress, while a white "smoke trail" runs along the wings towards the door handles. Aston Martin has also fitted a titanium sports exhaust system and two Union flag emblems on the carbon fibre front splitter.

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The Red Arrows Edition retains the standard car's naked carbon fibre roof, adds the magazine, although Aston has added a white pattern similar to the explosive charges in fighter jet canopies.

It's packed with aeronautical-themed styling cues on the inside, says Evo, with its "Pinewood green seats evoking the design of a flight suit combining with green webbing seat belts". The headrests are embroidered to resemble a diamond formation, while buyers also get a pair of Red Arrows-themed racing helmets behind the front seats.

Mechanically, the Red Arrows Edition GT car is identical to the base model Vanquish S, with its 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 592bhp, taking it from zero to 62mph in 3.5secs and on to a top speed of 201mph.

It's the third car from the British firm's vehicle-tailoring Q Division, following the Blade Edition and Spitfire-inspired Vantages.

Only ten examples of the Red Arrows Edition Vanquish S will be made, nine of which will be available to purchase.

The tenth car is to be given to the RAF's Benevolent Fund charity, where it will be raffled off to raise money for former servicemen and women. The event launches within the next few weeks, with tickets costing £20 each.

There's no word on pricing, but expect a significant premium over the base model's £199,995 price tag.

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