The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 is a limited edition model that celebrates 80th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire, the iconic British single-seat warplane that was employed by the Royal Air Force and its allies during and after the Second World War. This isn’t Aston’s first crack at paying homage to the British aviation industry though, as there was the V8 Vantage S “Blades Edition” from earlier this year, that paid homage to the Blades civilian aerobatic team based in Northamptonshire.
The V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 has been commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, a dealer who roped in the British brand’s Q personalization division to make 80 of these bespoke, hand-built beauties. An what beauty she is, especially when wearing this tasty shade special Duxford Green paint-job, with splashes of yellow to mimic the look of the Spitfire. It’s got a social angle too, as for every car sold, Aston Martin Cambridge will make a donation to the Royal Air Force welfare charity.
They take the Spitfire legend very seriously, as every Vantage S Spitfire 80 will feature components made by the Aircraft Restoration Company, a specialist aero engineering company based in Duxford, Cambridgeshire that performs aircraft restorations, aircraft maintenance, and other aircraft related services. These range from the exhaust tips that are finished in a rainbow ‘bloom’ effect to match the Spitfire’s exhausts, to an aluminium bar in the cabin that’s inspired by the Spitfire’s rear strut brace.
Also added to the mix are a rear diffuser and a front spoiler that are finished in satin-carbonfibre, along with colour-coded bonnet louvres and commemorative badges on the fenders. The interiors get a ‘Spitfire 80’ logo is embroidered in black onto the seat headrests. While the floor mats are made with saddle leather and sheepskin, the door inserts and pulls get Spitfire-inspired red webbing.
The limited edition can also be had with other accessories like a special Spitfire 80 Irvin jacket, a flying helmet with goggles, a themed car cover. embossed owner’s manual and leather photo album of the handover, bespoke to each customer. Just like the single-seat fighter that its named after, the Spitfire 80 is powered by a V12 engine (from the standard V12 Vantage S), which can also be had with an optional 7-speed manual transmission, making it the only car in the world to offer a V12 + manual transmission combo.
With 565 hp and 620 Nm of torque at its disposal, the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. It’s top speed of 330 km/h, however, is still no match for the Spitfire of the skies, that topped out at an astonishing 584 km/h, something pretty brisk, even in air, for something that was introduced in 1938. The Spitfire 80 edition comes with a price tag of £180,000 (around INR 1.6 Crores), a cool £39,505 (around INR 35 lakhs) more than the regular Vantage V12 S.
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