Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur has unveiled a new special edition for the Vantage, called the Dark Knight. Before anyone asks – no, it has nothing to do with Batman, but we think that it honestly could very well be Bruce Wayne’s next sports car used to attend swanky black tie events. Don’t you think that the understated look of the Aston Martin fits his understated image a little better than the shouty Lamborghinis? Anyway, we digress.

The Dark Knight Edition is finished in a Sea Storm exterior colour, which according to Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur, is now out of production. This makes the Dark Knight Edition the last Vantage in Malaysia to ever carry this exterior hue, at least officially from Gaydon – so if you’re one for exclusivity, this is your last chance.

The Aston Martin Dark Knight Edition is also equipped with the Exterior Black Pack, which includes a matte black front grille, window surrounds, quad tail pipes, and perforated side gills on the front fenders. The mirror caps, roof, and rear diffuser – both inserts and blades – are painted in gloss black, while the the tail lights have also been given a smoked effect, further adding to the stealthy understated effect.

The most unique feature on the exterior however, is the Aston Martin Wings logo and script, machined from carbon fibre! The option was only introduced by Aston Martin’s Q customisation department earlier this year. The Aston Martin Vantage Dark Knight Edition rides on 20-inch lightweight forged wheels on all corners, painted in a Textured Dark finish.

On the inside, the Dark Knight Edition gets a black-on-black layered colour treatment, thanks to the Metallic Black and Dark Knight leather from Caithness, paired with an Obsidian Black Alcantara headliner. Most of the trims inlays on the interior are satin exposed twill carbon fibre weave, contrasted by shiny Dark Chrome buttons – Aston Martin calls these interior jewellery, and we can see why.

Other than the aesthetic options, the car is pretty much the same underneath as the ‘plain’ V8 Vantage that was launched here in 2018 – the full breakdown of its specification is available here.

Underneath the hood is still the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, making 510 hp and 685 Nm of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the Aston Martin Vantage Dark Knight Edition completes the century sprint in a brisk 3.6 seconds, onward to a top speed of 314 km/h.

The Dark Knight Edition is specified with the carbon ceramic brakes option, which not only helps with resisting brake fade up to more than 800 degrees celcius, but also shaves off 24 kg off of the car’s mass!

As the numbers suggest, it’s still not a slow nor outdated car by any means. Despite being categorised as a grand tourer, the V8 Vantage is still exhilarating to drive hard, as we’ve experienced on the Sepang International Circuit back in 2018.

Besides, the majority of buyers seeking this sort of cars are buying it for the looks or status symbol anyway, so the fancy cosmetic options definitely fits the bill. Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur also recently unveiled the Vantage AMR Malaysia “Merdeka Edition” here in Malaysia – be sure to check that out too!

No pricing has been indicated for the Dark Knight Edition, but prices for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage starts at around RM1.6 million after taxes and before options (RM678k before tax and duties). For more information on the Dark Knight Edition, you may contact Aston Martin KL by phone or email, or schedule your viewing appointment through the online form here.


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Believes that a car is more than just numbers and facts, it's about the emotions they convey. Any car can be the right car for someone, but he'll probably pick a hot hatch over anything else.