Shanghai Auto Show starts tomorrow, and Aston Martin decided to use the occasion to reveal the V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition. A limited edition exclusive to the Chinese market, they made just 5 examples for a population of 1.4 billion in the country. Designed by automaker’s Q by Aston Martin customization division, the car is based on their latest eight-cylinder Vantage Roadster.
The exterior is painted in Stratus White with tinted mirrors, rear diffuser and rear lights in luminous blue. Five Anglophiles in China are going to be happy to have a car with Union Jack badges. Matching blue leather upholstery feature wave-quilting, which they first introduced with the new Zagato specials. Other seat design elements include anodized blue switchgear and British flag embroidery.
For the privilege to own one of the five V8 Vantage S Great Britain Edition examples, they will have to fork out Yuan 2,088,000 (about $300,000). A regular version of the same costs around $160,000 in the US. Price-wise this really is a premium edition they are offering to the Chinese market. The high price is not because of the few extra decals and special paint, but because of the high tariffs, the Chinese version of Uncle Sam charges for foreign-made automobiles with big engines.
The Great Britain Edition is not the only car Aston is showcasing at Shanghai Auto Show. They are using the stage for Asian debut of the four-door Rapide AMR with spruced up trims.