What would your dream Aston Martin look like?
From the exquisite Vanquish S Volante to the radical AM-RM 001 hypercar in development with Red Bull, it’s safe to say that Aston Martin will have some star attractions on display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Joining that stellar line-up will be a unique DB11 that will certainly stand out thanks to its brash blue paintjob. It’s the latest work of Q by Aston Martin, the manufacturer’s bespoke personalization service. And yes, it’s named after Q branch in James Bond.
Not long after showing off the Red Bull edition Vantage, this bespoke DB11 is finished in an eye-catching Zafire Blue. The result looks like someone got carried away creating a custom car design in Forza. Just about everything imaginable is blue: the paint is blue, the interior is blue, and the wheels are blue, though the upper and lower cabin environments are coated in Obsidian Black leather for a bit of contrast. Elsewhere, this unique DB11 has been forged with a number of carbon fiber details, including the front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser side strakes, hood strakes and door mirrors.
It’s definitely an acquired taste, but if that doesn’t suit you, Q by Aston Martin is offering a new Commission service allowing customers to customize bespoke cars with more freedom than ever before. “The only limit is your imagination – every new commission starts with a blank sheet of paper,” says Q’s General Manager Dr Matthew Bennett. It’s thought that we’ll see a host of “ultra-limited run series with features and design elements that are distinct to their regions and customers" in the vein of the one-off CC-100 Speedster Concept and Vantage GT12 Roadster. Aston Martin’s design boss Marek Reichman describes the new Commission service as “fulfilling a creative need – we're experts providing a consultation, like a Savile Row tailor or a yacht builder.
In terms of material choices we now have so much," says Reichman, "we now have materials that show patina as customers want that sense of age and history. For us, that's beautiful.” How would your dream Aston Martin commission look? Let your imaginations run wild in the comments below.