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What better way to ring in the Chinese new year than with some special edition Aston Martins?
Available only for the Chinese market, 88 special “Dragon88″ models of the V8 Vantage S, Virage, and DBS will be made featuring some Chinese cultural references and iconography.
This news comes right after Rolls-Royce announced that their “Year of the Dragon” Phantom has sold out. It seems that those $1.2-million Phantoms were just right for the Chinese market, and here comes Aston to make a few sales of its own.
The Dragon88 models will be available in three color schemes: Champagne Gold, Volcano Red, and Amethyst Red. Each scheme representing a virtue like wealth and fortune, peace and protection, and “dragon fire.”
Inside, the cars will feature dragon embroidery inspired by the Nine Dragon Wall at Beihai park in Beijing. Other identifying features include special 10-spoke dragon edition alloy wheels, black brake calipers and a Bang and Olufsen sound system.
Aston Martin has six dealerships in China, and believes that China will be their third biggest market, after U.S. and U.K. in just a few years.
Pricing and availability of the Dragon88 models is likely to be announced in April at the Beijing Auto Show.
Next year, the UK’s National Motor Museum will stage the largest exhibition of James Bond cars ever displayed. The exhibition will run at the museum through 2012 and will include some of the most famous vehicles from the movies, to celebrate fifty years of the film franchise. Some of the heavy hitters will include the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye and the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger. In total, fifty James Bond vehicles will be present at the museum.
2012 also marks the 40th anniversary of the National Motor Museum, so it works out well that in this special year, both the franchise and the museum can celebrate monumental anniversaries.
GALLERY: James Bond Cars
Anderson Germany just keeps setting a new standard when it comes to building luxury and exotic vehicles. This time around, an Aston Martin DBS gets what the tuner calls the ‘Superior Black Edition’ treatment from the infamous tuner, making 007′s famed ride look ever so menacing. In fact, if Batman was a little more sophisticated and subtle, this would probably be his vehicle of choice… really.
The matte black exterior to the DBS’ body is probably one of the best matte black cars we’ve laid eyes on. Just the sleekness of the black combined with the curves of the DBS makes for a very beautiful piece of machinery. Contrasting the dark shade is a set of bright red calipers peeking behind a set of 21-inch wheels. On the inside, the DBS gets its fair share of carbon fiber goodies along with black leather and Alcantara sprinkled in. Red stitching accents the black theme, much like the exterior calipers.
Performance wise, Anderson Germany claims that their DBS puts out 560-hp, a 50-hp increase over the factory figure. We strongly doubt all 50-hp came from just the exhaust upgrade, we’re going to bet there’s an ECU retune of some sort to get the extra boost in power. Although really, with looks this good, we could care less if it makes 6-hp or 1,000.