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Aston Martin’s flying car looks suspiciously like a helicopter
Airbus and Aston team up for a whirlybird with 952 horsepower. And posh-cow seats
Remember when Aston Martin told us about its vision for an electric inter-city personal aircraft? Well… this isn’t it. It isn’t strictly an Aston Martin, in fact. This is a helicopter.
If you know about helicopters – and we don’t – then you’ll note this is an Airbus ACH130. Its engine makes 952shp (that’s specific horsepower, because in an aircraft, you need to offset power with how much the engine weighs), and it can cruise at 134 knots. Which is 154mph, if you don’t speak aircraft.
Aston Martin’s role here is paint and trim. Remember the bizarre Aston Cygnet, and how it applied uber-lux finish to a humble Toyota iQ? Well, this is the exact same tactic, applied to a much more appropriate product.
So, as you approach your yacht landing pad in your Airbus feat. Aston, onlookers can drool over one of four graduated paint liveries. Inside, your perfumed backside sits on reupholstered leather seats with DB11-spec brogue detailing. A British Racing Green helicopter with a tan leather interior? There could be few more tasteful ways to arrive at your plastic surgeon’s dog walker’s accountant’s summer retreat.
Prices? Well the standard ‘copter starts at about $3million, or £2.2m. The perfect go anywhere two-vehicle garage, with the new Aston DBX 4x4?