Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur (AMKL) has a knack of speccing an eye catching car or two for its Malaysian prospects. Following the one-off Vantage AMR Malaysia Edition built to celebrate Merdeka earlier this year, the company has taken a more incognito approach with its latest take on Gaydon's front-engined sports car. And it's called the Vantage Dark Knight Edition.
It's probably worth noting that AMKL's latest specification for the Vantage has no relations to a certain DC Comics franchise. Instead, the Dark Knight Edition derives its name from its 'Dark Knight' leather upholstery, which is one of many aesthetic options specifically curated by the local distributor for the car's dark-on-dark theme that's prevalent both inside and out.
The 'Sea Storm' exterior, for one, gets something called a Black Pack treatment which turns the front grille, window frames, tail pipes and the Vantage's now-signature side gill a sinister shade of matte black. Meanwhile, the mirror caps, roof and rear diffuser inserts are finished in gloss black for a touch of monochromatic contrast. The Vantage Dark Knight Edition's smoked tail lights and 'Textured Dark' 20-inch forged alloy wheels cap off a stealthy persona befitting the British sports car's name.
Inside, the concept is largely the same, with the aforementioned upholstery being complemented by a 'Pure Black' Alcantara headliner, 'Obsidian Black' carpets, and touches of carbon fibre and dark chrome capping things off. It certainly looks like the kind of cockpit that might get a nod of approval from a low-key public figure such as Sebastian Vettel, who will be racing for Aston Martin on the Formula One grid from 2021.
Things are basically the same as any other 2020 Vantage underneath its forward-lunging hood, with an AMG-sourced V8 continuing to supply the rear wheels with 503bhp and 685Nm through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to facilitate a 3.6-second century sprint and 314kph top speed. Interestingly, the Dark Knight Edition spec adds to this element of performance, with lighter, fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes being part of the overall package.
In its base form, the Aston Martin Vantage will set you back RM678,000 before duties and taxes. AMKL has kept mum about how much it will cost to register the Vantage Dark Knight Edition on Malaysian roads but its doors in the ground floor of the Etiqa Twins in the heart of Kuala Lumpur are always open to enthusiasts who want to add something thoroughly engaging and decidedly British to their collection of high-end sports cars.