Published on December 9th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin0
Limited-run Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition Unveiled
Only 18 of these Whisky-inspired Aston Martin DBX will ever be produced.
Aston Martin has recently unveiled yet another product of its collaboration with whisky distillery Bowmore. Following on from the Aston Martin Black Bowmore DB5 1964, the British supercar manufacturer has since launched its first automotive collaboration with the whisky distillery in the form of the Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition.
Developed by the automaker’s personalisation service, Q by Aston Martin, this Bowmore edition DBX is features many cosmetic revisions over the standard super-SUV, chief among which is the new exterior colour scheme. Dubbed Bowmore blue, this new blue-grey hue was an existing Aston Martin archive colour which has been bought back for use specifically on this limited-run of cars.
Complementing this unique exterior colour are standard smoked 21-inch alloy wheels, as well as smoked Aston Martin exterior emblems. Bowmore-branded copper inlays are also to be found on the side strakes of the DBX, just to add a hint of sparkle to the svelte side profile. Incidentally, the copper used here originates from the original Bowmore whisky still.
Despite the carefully curated exterior aesthetic of this special edition however, the British boutique automaker is still keen to point out that customers who order one of these Bowmore edition DBX models are still free to ‘choose an alternative exterior paint colour should they so wish’, with Xenon Grey that ‘displays a blue metallic fleck throughout’ offered as an additional colour option for customers who prefer a darker colour scheme. Continuing on this darker colour scheme, black brake callipers are also an option that could be selected on this limited run model.
Moving inside, a choice of either ‘Obsidian Monotone or Copper Tan Metallic/Obsidian Duotone interior’ are available to be selected by the customer of these DBX Bowmore Editions. According to Aston Martin, both interior choices will be a ‘accented throughout by flashes of Bowmore Tweed, with the reflecting Bowmore’s Islay ancestry’.
Continuing with this heritage theme, parts of the original Bowmore whisky still are to be found on the interior of these special DBXs too. The polished copper cupholders, sill plaques and the bespoke hand-laid, copper foil detailing on the gloss black centre console trim inlay are all made from the recycled copper obtained from a vessel that used to distil whisky for this Scottish liquor producer.
Completing the interior additions on this special DBX are a selection of specially designed accessories, which include a Bowmore tweed picnic blanket and leather holdall.
Due to these limited-run models only having aesthetic modifications done to them, under the hood of these Bowmore Edition DBX SUVs is still the same AMG-sourced 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 which develops 550 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Mated to an 9-speed automatic transmission with power being sent to all four wheels, this 2.2 tonne behemoth can sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 291 km/h.
On sale globally currently, this limited-run of 18 Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Editions is priced at £219,950 (RM 1.2 million). In other words, it amounts to £61,950 (RM 338,000) above the base price of a DBX. Furthermore, deliveries of this special edition will only take place in the forth quarter of next year.
All this is for a good reason though, as while one can order an ordinary DBX today for much less money and have it possibly by Christmas this year, the lucky 18 customers who forked out the extra cash for this model will be treated to a ‘an exclusive Aston Martin Art of Living experience in Scotland’.
Travelling to Edinburgh, Scotland to receive their DBX, these new Bowmore DBX owners will also be treated to a 170-mile road trip through the spectacular Scottish countryside, taking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park before driving onto the ferry bound for Islay to for a tour around the Bowmore distillery. to visit the Bowmore distillery. Once there, each buyer will also have the chance to hand fill their own bottle of 39-year-old Bowmore, straight from the cask.
While to some a road trip around Scotland and a distillery tour isn’t perhaps worth the extra outlay, to others perhaps, especially a select number of affluent people who like their Bowmores and Aston Martins, this could be reason enough to buy one of these limited run DBX SUVs. Besides, a bottle of 39-year-old Bowmore whisky must be worth a decent chunk of cash in itself anyway.
PRESS RELEASE: Aston Martin’s SUV, the DBX, has been revealed in an exclusive ‘Q by Aston Martin’ specification to celebrate the brand’s innovative partnership with legendary single malt whisky distillery, Bowmore.
The striking Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition has been created by the marque’s personalisation service, Q by Aston Martin, in celebration of the partnership between the two British luxury brands. Just 18 special edition Bowmore DBX’s will be built before they are delivered to customers at a private lifestyle experience in Scotland.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer said: “Aston Martin DBX has provided the perfect canvas for the highest level of Q by Aston Martin customisation. The Aston Martin and Bowmore brands share the same vision of creating timeless beauty and a lasting legacy, loyal to their heritage but also embracing new methods and this is reflected in the DBX Bowmore edition. Strips from the copper whiskey stills are inlayed into the side strakes and Bowmore Tweed accents the interior, Q by Aston Martin has once again created a beautiful, limited edition Aston Martin.”
The Bowmore DBX is enrobed in a striking paint colour, named Bowmore Blue, an existing archive colour which has been brought back exclusively by Q by Aston Martin for this car. Customers will have the option to choose an alternative exterior paint colour should they so wish. Xenon Grey paint, which displays a blue metallic fleck throughout, will be offered as an additional exterior option. Bowmore-branded copper inlays using copper from the original whisky still have been used to accent the side strakes of the DBX, as a nod to the traditions maintained by the company.
Optional black brake calipers provide a subtlety to the smoked wheels and the overall elegance of the exterior is highlighted by both script and wing Aston Martin badges and Q by Aston Martin fender badges.
Customers can choose either the Obsidian Monotone or Copper Tan Metallic/Obsidian Duotone interior, both choices accented throughout by flashes of Bowmore Tweed, reflecting the company’s Islay ancestry. Created by the world-renowned Islay Woollen Mill, which was first established in 1883, the subtle and sophisticated design, incorporates copper and blue inspired by the island’s terroir and lochs, making it inherently unique to Bowmore and its island home.
In addition, the interior holds many Q by Aston Martin design details such as polished copper cupholders, and sill plaques, made of recycled copper from the original Bowmore still. The gloss black centre console trim inlay features bespoke hand-laid, copper foil detailing. Each car comes with a selection of specially designed Q by Aston Martin accessories such as a Bowmore tweed picnic blanket and leather holdall.
Launched in 2019, DBX celebrates the Aston Martin design language in a new form. With a unique body architecture engineered just for DBX, the design and proportions reflect unmistakable style. The 5-seater SUV provides a world of luxury, and features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, tuned to deliver 550PS and 700Nm of torque, providing the exhilaration of a modern GT. While it’s not a traditional Aston Martin sports car, the DBX is everything an Aston Martin should be: beautiful, hand-built and technologically-advanced.
Each of the 18 Bowmore DBX owners will be invited to an exclusive Aston Martin Art of Living experience in Scotland. Guests will travel to Edinburgh where they will be presented with their own special edition DBX, before embarking on a 170-mile road trip through the spectacular Scottish countryside, taking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park before driving onto the ferry bound for Islay.
Alongside a trip to Islay Woollen Mill and fine-dining throughout their three-night stay, owners will be treated to a private tour of the Bowmore Distillery. During this very special tour they will have the opportunity to hand-fill their own bottle of a 39 year-old, specially selected Bowmore straight from the cask. They will also be given exclusive access to the No 1 Vaults the oldest maturation warehouse in the world which has played host to a number of VIP’s over the years, including members of the Royal Family.
Aston Martin’s unique partnership with Bowmore has already created ‘Black Bowmore DB5 1964’, bringing together an exceptional single malt and a genuine piston from the legendary Aston Martin DB5. As the two iconic brands continue to collaborate, further luxury products and incredible lifestyle experiences will follow.
Francois Bazini, Global Managing Director of Scotch at Beam Suntory, owners of Bowmore, commented: “Our partnership with Aston Martin continues to be an exciting and enthralling collaboration and the unveiling of this special edition Bowmore DBX is another exciting step on our collective journey. We cannot wait to welcome each of the owners of this beautiful car to our distillery on Islay and show them all that Bowmore and our island home have to offer. Although we make entirely different products, our shared values and passion are very much aligned so you can expect more exciting announcements in the future.”
The Q by Aston Martin DBX Bowmore Edition is on sale globally now and customer deliveries will take place in Q4 2021.