2015 Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary models revealed
The coming year will mark six decades of Aston Martin's presence in the small English Midlands village of Newport Pagnell. And to properly commemorate the occasion, the automaker has created a limited edition of six Works 60th Anniversary models, the first of which is seen here. A collaborative effort that began last July between the Aston Martin Design and the Q by Aston Martin personalization team at the brand's Gaydon factory, all are based on the current Vanquish, with the initial example spun from the Volante Convertible and the remaining five from the Vanquish Coupe.
Like the Volante variant unveiled at the automaker's Christmas celebration, each Works 60th Anniversary model features distinctive colors and accents with subtle detail differences keyed to each decade that the 101-year-old Aston has had either a factory or restoration shop in Newport Pagnell. Highlighting the packages will be Anniversary Yellow side strakes and alloy wheels, a custom logo treatment, yellow contrast stitching on the seats and heavy-weave carbon fiber accenting. But the most distinctive element tying the six cars together is a rotary control element the center console. These are cast from reprocessed metal that was once a piston in a historic Aston Martin engine drawn from each decade in the firm's history - albeit an engine component honorably discharged from active duty as the result of an earlier rebuild. Each rotary surround features Works 60th Anniversary Edition identification laser etched into its surface.
Aston Martin made no changes to the powertrains of these six exclusive Anniversary Edition cars. All will be fitted with the Vanquish GT's 5.9-liter/565-horse naturally aspirated V12 linked to an 8-speed, paddle-shift Touchtronic III automatic -- a combo that will serve up 0-60 mph sprints in 3.6 seconds and a top speed beyond the 200 mph mark. Pricing was not disclosed, but is available directly from the Aston Martin Works.
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