Q By Aston Martin
“Q: The Ultimate Bespoke Option” – In honor of the heritage and ingenuity of Aston Martin and 007, Galpin Aston Martin has been commissioned to build four distinct vehicles to embody the unparalleled innovation of Aston Martin’s Q program.
Showcasing these remarkable vehicles at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, spectators will be given the opportunity to experience the breath of class personalization available to Aston Martin customers. Offering over one million unique choices of available customization, the Aston Martin Q program has been brought about to transform the imagination and favored design elements of Aston Martin customers into the personalized vehicle of their dreams. In celebration of these extraordinary vehicles commissioned by Aston Martin, Galpin Aston Martin will also be opening the first “Q” showroom of its kind — coming soon.
For a glimpse into the world of Q, check out Galpin Aston Martin’s four distinguished interpretations below:
The sporting character of the Vanquish coupe is amplified in this car with powerful colours, bold contrasts and above all exaggerated and enlarged carbon fiber weave structure.
Painted in Abor Orange from the Q palette Spring / Summer collection. This has the vibrancy of a rich orange red fired with an intensity that is set off by a shimmering gold pearl effect. Truly stunning when bathed in bright sunlight.
In celebration of the visual effect of woven carbon fibre composite technology we have developed the exterior carbon parts in a weave that is twice the scale of our standard twill. This magnifies the almost holographic depth carbon weave can have and gives the parts a bold graphic pattern.
This is seen on the front splitter, rear diffuser, side-strakes, sill blades and the special sill plaques revealed when the doors are opened.
The Gloss Black finish 20-spoke wheels fill the arches. Visible through the wheel spokes like a precision watch movement are the polished metal brake callipers. These are echoed by the Q badges finished in polished chrome with gloss black enamel infill.
Ensconced in the Obsidian Black leather interior the carbon theme is continued with a printed leather in a design called Helix, inspired by the idea of a carbon molecule helix and influenced by experimental rapid prototyped furniture. Over your head running like a spine down the centre of the car the Helix print is set on an unbroken expanse of leather headliner panel, and is revealed again in the door panels.
Picking up on the exterior paint colour there are accents of Vivid Red leather detailing in the welt and paddle shifter tips.
The final flourish is the Q logo embossed on the leather of the head restraints in bold relief.
This luxurious Q DB9 Volante is inspired by fashion and given a distinct character by its special blush pearl leather interior paired with a coolness of Piano Ice Mocha seen on full waterfall with matching door grabs. The blanket style stitch running the length of the central spine of the interior and featured on the seats is inspired by luxury furniture. The drop-in mats are indulged with lambswool fleeces and framed by equestrian saddle leather frames in a classic saddle tan. A gorgeous pink Rhodachrosite stone is inlaid into the Q buckle badge strapped to the console.
The Ashen Blonde painted exterior is a warm dusty silver from the Q palette Spring / Summer collection with great metallic flake. The polished wheels and brake callipers add a sparkle to this extrovert character. A pair of Q badges with the same Rhodachrosite stone inlay complete this concours star.
The brief for this commission was simple: “I have always wanted a purple Aston, build me one.”
We took the awesome V12 Vantage S and gave it a playful side to its powerful character.
With a rich blue purple amethyst exterior paint punctuated with bright painted Monterey Pearl front grille and rear diffuser give this scheme has a dynamism that matches it’s manner on the track. Fun and punchy. The satin black finish on these 10-spoke lightweight wheels enhances the car’s purposeful stance.
The Obsidian Black interior is enlivened with Vivid Purple leather details on the seat stripe, door stripe and a bold headliner, but subtlety on the 12 o’clock stripe on steering wheel and paddle shifter tips. Finally we could not resist using it to line the inside of the glove box for as an unexpected reveal. Of course the handbook and ECU pouch match.
Despite the playfulness this car also has sporting intent as seen in the full carbon fibre facia and interior pack including even the Q sill plaques. The rotaries controls on the facia are something special: each one hand wound from a single filament of carbon fibre to give it an intriguing lustre and tactility. Many of the larger, brighter parts are anodised black: handbrake grip, c-pillar struts and rear panel finisher to enhance this serious side. The painted graphic on the facia highlights the start and drive buttons and points your eye to the horizon. Go.
This car was inspired by Aston Martin’s sporting heritage.
Painted in Frosted Silver from the Q palette. An effect silver with superior light to dark travel, full of effect and flake metallic. The sporting Graphite finish of the 10-spoke wheels matches the Frosted Silver which are set against the more classic feel of the polished callipers which pick up on the matching Aston Martin wings badges and Q badges in Solid Sterling Silver with a heritage cream enamel inlay.
The Chestnut Tan leather interior is crafted with matching seats with full ‘tuck and roll’ fluted inserts and seat shoulders which put a contemporary twist on the traditional technique. The facia is in the same Frosted Silver as the exterior.
The addition of authentic equestrian saddle leather gives the interior a unique character in a classic saddle tan colour called Conker. This is used to craft a saddle accessory to provide rear storage for an iPad, a wine bottle and a newspaper. The frames of the drop in mats are also in saddle leather with a wool carpet insert. The cubby lids in the front stowage area again in saddle leather incorporate the Q buckle badge also in Solid Sterling Silver with a heritage cream enamel inlay.
Galpin Aston Martin Q Articles:
- “Q by Aston Martin bringing unique creations to Monterey” on Autoblog
- “Is that interior pink? Four bespoke Aston Martin Q cars to debut at Pebble Beach” on Digital Trends
- “Galpin Aston Martin Commissions Aston Martin Q Cars: 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance” on Edmunds
- “If You Have Enough Money, Aston Martin Will Do Literally Anything” on Jalopnik
- “Q By Aston Martin Showing Four Bespoke Cars At Pebble Beach” on Motor Authority
- “Aston Martin Q” on Yahoo Autos