Aston Martin celebrates Spitfire milestone

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(It has been quite a while since I read such blatant marketing rubbish, but here you are!)

Eight Aston Martin Vantage V12s are to be built to honor the 80th anniversary of the famed WW2 Supermarine Spitfire, the iconic British fighter aircraft that helped shape the Battle of Britain in World War 2.

Aston Martin Spitfire.
Aston Martin Spitfire.

The cars are to be known as Vantage S Spitfire 80, the cars will be prepared by Aston Martin and sold through its Cambridge dealership.

All eight will be finished in a new paint hue, known as Duxford Green, which is named after the first RAF base where the fighters were stationed.

The Duxford Aircraft Restoration Company will also produce a handful of bespoke parts for the car, including exhaust tips that will, according to Aston, mimic the ‘rainbow bloom’ effect of the Spitfire’s straight pipes from its 27 liter Merlin V12. (I warned you this was rubbish. Exhaust tips! I must order one.)

(It gets worse.) Along with the tips, owners can opt to have a serial number of a Spitfire inscribed on the Aston’s side strakes, while the car’s bonnet vents will be color coded and a satin carbon rear diffusor added.

The yellow pinstriping also pays tribute to the finish of the first Spitfire, while solid silver Aston wings will be affixed front and rear.

The Royal Air Force roundel has been incorporated into the dashboard, a ‘Spitfire 80’ logo is added to the head rests, while red webbing door pulls and inserts mimic the Spitfire’s interior. Even the airbag cover is inscribed with a unique aircraft code.

What does not change is the car’s mechanical specification, the Spitfire 80 is powered by a 5.9 liter V12 engine outputting 424 kW and 630 Nm through the rear wheels, giving a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds.

The vehicles will be handed over to their new owners at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, where the owners will have a chance to run their new machines down the Duxford airstrip. (Winkers!)