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Car manufacturer Aston Martin introduced its own helicopter

British company Aston Martin is known asone of the largest car manufacturers in the world. For over 100 years, she has been producing sports sedans, but for many people they simply can not afford. For example, a car called Aston Martin Rapide S is currently valued at least 209,100 euros, which at the current exchange rate is 14 million rubles. However, this is far from the most expensive product of the company, because recently it introduced its own helicopter ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, which refers to VIP-class products. But what is so special about him?

A branded Aston Martin helicopter next to a car of the same brand

The features of the new items were described inAmerican edition of The Drive, which publishes the latest news from automakers. Since Aston Martin has no experience in the development of helicopters, she received support from the French airline Airbus Corporate Helicopters. According to foreign sources, it took the companies no more than a year to develop a helicopter. The presentation of new items was held at the expensive ski resort of Courchevel, located in France.

Helicopter from Aston Martin

It’s worth saying right away that the helicopter was being createdfar from scratch. The fact is that Airbus already had an aircraft called ACH130, which was taken as the basis for new items. In terms of characteristics, the new version of the helicopter did not receive innovations. As before, it is equipped with an Arriel 2D engine with a capacity of 952 horsepower, thanks to which the device reaches a speed of up to 248 kilometers per hour.

Airbus ACH130 now matches Aston Martin style

The main difference between the novelty and the original isits appearance and interior design. The body of the helicopter is made in the style of Aston Martin cars, so next to the branded sports cars it looks very organically. It is reported that it will be sold in four colors: Stirling Green, Xenon Gray, Arizona and Ultramarine Black.

Inside the cabin are six comfortableseats that are trimmed with materials widely used in Aston Martin sports cars. Among these materials is black Alcantara, which is also known as faux suede and genuine leather. In the photographs, you can see that the head restraints are decorated with the Aston Martin logo and in general the interior is very similar to the interior of an Aston Martin DB11 sports car. On the dashboard of the helicopter there is a plate with the serial number of the aircraft, the logos of the companies involved in its development and the name of the owner.

The interior of the helicopter ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

Unfortunately, at the moment the price of a helicopterAston Martin is kept secret. However, this approach is quite familiar for the company - for example, the cost of the electric car Aston Martin Rapide E presented in 2019 is still known only to potential buyers. However, whatever the price, buyers can only buy a helicopter in the first quarter of 2020.

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Initially, it is clear that the helicopter is not intended forordinary buyers and only celebrities can afford it. It is entirely possible that we will be able to see the Aston Martin branded helicopter in one of the following parts of the James Bond films. And all because the cars of this brand are literally the hallmark of a famous agent.