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Aston Martin Vantage Red Bull edition debuts in Australia

The Red Bull Racing special edition Aston Martin Vantage has made its Australian debut this week, showcased to media in Sydney along with the company’s latest models. On hand for the event was CEO Dr Andy Palmer and chief creative officer Marek Reichman.

As previously revealed online, the Vantage Red Bull edition helps celebrate the company’s recent partnership with Red Bull Racing. As such, the Red Bull Racing F1 cars will be displaying the Aston wings emblem on the front and on the drivers’ suits.

The special edition is also seen as a last hurrah for the current-gem Vantage, with the all-new model arriving later this year as confirmed by CEO Dr Andy Palmer. Buyers can choose between V8 and V12 power.

It’s all put together by Aston Martin’s in-house Q division, which is responsible for special customer requests and unique optional touches. Although some of the features on the Red Bull edition could potentially be optioned on the regular Vantage via Q, an Aston Martin representative told us the unique matte Marina Blue paint – a reinterpretation of the Red Bull colour – is not available for option.

Special features include a carbon fibre aero kit with a unique front splitter, front grille, and side vents, along with a carbon rear diffuser section, dark alloy wheels with yellow-painted brake calipers, and various red highlights to match Red Bull’s theme.

The interior is matched accordingly, with carbon fibre trimmings, Red Bull Racing embroidery for the seat headrests, and a full leather steering wheel complete with the racing-inspired 12 o’clock stripe. There’s also diamond-quilted leather upholstery, special sill plates, and red highlights.

Aston Martin says buyers can also select a Tungsten Silver or a gloss Marina Blue colour if they prefer. Prices start at $259,995 drive-away for the V8 Vantage S Red Bull, and from $422,770 for the V12 Vantage S Red Bull (excludes on-roads).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.