Most premium automakers from the West express their love for the Chinese market by launching limited edition models that have one thing in common: the presence of dragons and gold accent trims. Aston Martin is not immune from this banality as Luxury British sports car maker has unveiled three handcrafted year of the dragon special editions at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Show. The Dragon 88 Limited Edition models debuting at Beijing will be able as DBS Volante, Virage Coupe and V8 Vantage S Coupe.
The mystical qualities of the dragon symbol are celebrated with elements such as 24-karat gold plated badging, gold-stitched dragon headrests and gold interior accents. The three color options, namely Amethyst Red symbolizing wealth, peace, protection and intuition; Volcano Red representing the fire of the dragon and Champagne Gold standing for the dragon’s status and prestige, wealth and fortune are harmonized by interiors in Spicy Red, Deep Purple and Chancellor Red along with Sahara Tan thread, Piano Black trim and a headrest embroidery design inspired by Beijing’s Nine-Dragon Wall.
Grilles, alloy wheel designs, and brake calipers are new and exclusive to Dragon 88 Astons too. There are no mechanical or dynamic changes for the 510bhp DBS, 490bhp Virage or 430bhp Vantage S.
Customers for the Dragon 88 cars also get a Presentation box containing Owner’s Guide with gold detailing, two glass ECUs and a pair of customised Bang & Olufsen earphones, laser-etched with the Aston Martin wings and presented in a leather pouch.
As the name implies, only 88 examples will be offered, exclusively in China, at an as-yet undisclosed price.
Investing significantly in the Chinese automobile market, the marquee also introduced the 7.3-litre naturally aspirated V12-engined One-77 supercar and a four-door Q by Aston Martin Rapide with its design inspired by the Ming dynasty. The Rapide sports unique touches including Ming Blue Paint, Walnut wooden boot and door inserts, Falcon Grey and Metallic Bronze leather, and Ming-inspired seat embroidery.