As­ton Martin hon­ors depart­ing Van­quish with special Ul­ti­mate vari­ant

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IT’S the “quin­tes­sen­tial As­ton Martin,” the car maker said of the Van­quish, its flag­ship GT model that will soon end its pro­duc­tion run. Bid­ding it farewell, As­ton Martin cre­ated the Van­quish S Ul­ti­mate.

The com­pany bared that, like the model on which it was spun off, the Ul­ti­mate edi­tion is pow­ered by a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 6.0-liter V12 that makes 595 hp, and which is paired to an eight-speed Touchtronic III au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. A three­stage adap­tive damp­ing sys­tem and car­bon ce­ramic brakes com­plete the car’s me­chan­i­cal pack­age.

Lim­ited to just 175 cars world­wide, As­ton Martin said the Ul­ti­mate edi­tion is avail­able as a coupe or a Volante — or con­vert­ible, in As­ton Martin-speak — ei­ther of which is of­fered in a choice of three ex­te­rior color schemes. The special color and trim pack­ages, ac­cord­ing to the car maker, in­clude a “suite of de­tails unique to the Van­quish S Ul­ti­mate,” which in­clude car­bon fiber side strakes that have rose gold Ul­ti­mate de­cals, car­bon fiber tread plates, an Ul­ti­mate sill plaque, stitched quilt­ing on the seats, and Ul­ti­mate head rest em­broi­dery.

The first of the de­sign pack­ages is iden­ti­fied by a mono­chrome scheme that mates Ul­ti­mate black paint with cop­per bronze graph­ics around the front air in­take, along the side sills, and on the rear dif­fuser. Other de­tails in­clude black ex­haust tailpipes, brake calipers, win­dow trims and five- spoke wheels, plus car­bon fiber trim for the hood lou­vers, front grille and side strakes. The in­te­rior has ob­sid­ian black leather with ch­est­nut tan ac­cents and stitch­ing, as well as a car­bon fiber twill fas­cia.

The sec­ond de­sign theme is in­spired by the look and ma­te­ri­als used in tech­ni­cal sports wear, As­ton Martin said. Xenon gray paint and con­trast­ing cobalt blue graph­ics are com­bined with the Ul­ti­mate’s car­bon fiber pieces and black trim. Yel­low brake calipers re­side be­hind gloss black fivespoke al­loys. The color pal­ette con­tin­ues to the in­te­rior, where yel­low ac­cents and blue stitch­ing are matched to gray leather up­hol­stery.

White gold paint­work and bronze graph­ics con­trast with gloss black and car­bon fiber ex­te­rior de­tails in the third de­sign theme. Tan leather with black ac­cents line the car’s cabin.

“With the Ul­ti­mate Edi­tion we have ac­cen­tu­ated the Van­quish S’s unique blend of tra­di­tion, tech­nol­ogy and crafts­man­ship with a se­lec­tion of three bold ex­te­rior paint schemes and hugely ap­peal­ing in­te­rior pack­ages that make cre­ative use of ex­cit­ing ma­te­ri­als. Our de­sign team has cre­ated three unique themes which unite an ex­te­rior and in­te­rior pack­age, but we have been care­ful to en­sure each ex­te­rior color and in­te­rior theme works well to­gether to of­fer our cus­tomers max­i­mum choice,” said Marek Re­ich­man, As­ton Martin’s chief cre­ative of­fi­cer.

Or­ders for the Van­quish S Ul­ti­mate Edi­tion Coupe and Volante are now be­ing taken, with de­liv­er­ies to start in the first quar­ter of 2018.

THREE ex­te­rior color schemes and special color and trim pack­ages fea­ture car­bon fiber pieces and rose gold or cop­per bronze ac­cents.

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