PARIS: Aston Martin has focused its creative energy this round on flying machines.
It revealed today the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, a bespoke helicopter, created in partnership with Airbus Corporate Helicopters. It is expected to retail at over €2.8 million (around RM13mil).
The special edition of the ACH130 helicopter comes equipped with a range of four interior and exterior designs made by Aston Martin, which will delight helicopter owners and pilots who appreciate the pleasures of possessing and driving high performance bespoke luxury cars.
The aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) and the automotive designers at Aston Martin have worked closely together for over a year.
Available in four external liveries with complementary interiors, the helicopters are embellished with Aston Martin signature elements, starting with the iconic Aston Martin wings, which are embossed onto luxury leather features, tastefully positioned throughout the cabin.
The Stirling Green-themed external scheme, which is already flying on the first aircraft, features a painted gradient, which fades down into Jet Black on the underside of the helicopter with Skyfall Silver around the cowlings. Further external liveries are available with other Aston Martin paint colours including Xenon Grey, Arizona or Ultramarine Black exteriors.
Inside, the automotive-inspired cabin, which offers a higher level of comfort, is trimmed in Pure Black ultra-suede with a palette of selectable leathers comprising Oxford Tan, Pure Black, Cormorant and Ivory.
On the rear of the front seats the same brogue detailing that is found in a DB11 runs down the centre of the seat and the doors have been trimmed with leather to provide passengers with comfortable touch points during their flight.
Each of these special edition helicopters will have a plaque included on the instrument panel which shows the partnership logos, the edition number and the owner’s name, should they wish to have it included.
The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is the first offering from the recently-announced partnership between the car maker and the aircraft manufacturer. The reveal was held at Courchevel in the French Alps, located 670km south-east of the French capital. The ski resort is frequented by wealthy holiday makers, some of whom are aviation buffs or own their own helicopters.
The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is available on request with deliveries taking place from the first quarter of this year.