British tuning specialist Project Kahn now offers a customized leather interior for the gorgeous 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S sports car. Featuring lots of leather and Alcantara of all shades and colors, as well as lots of contrast stitching unarguably done by a skilled hand, the custom interior makes a very strong impression, especially if you compare it to the stock one.
Known for its obsession with expensive British cars (a year earlier guys from Project Kahn have presented their personalization programs for the outrageous Aston Martin DB9S and in July 2008 they rolled out a tuning package for the plushy Range Rover Sport executive SUV, but they will never refuse to personalize your Rolls-Royce as well) the tuning house introduced its own take on the idea how the interior of the most revered British super-coupe should look like.
Made of red and black perforated Nappa leather and Alcantara with contrasting white cording, the new upholstery looks much more interesting than the original -rather dull- job.
The bespoke interior trim includes new upholstery for the center console, dashboard, doors, front and back seats, and, of course, the steering wheel that now combines alcantara with patches of black leather for more comfort and better grip.
There is also the traditional diamond-shaped roof lining that not only looks great, but will also offer some noise protection and, hopefully, if my previous experience with this sort of finish is any indication, will actually help the standard stereo system sound even better by dampening some of the unavoidable standing waves and unneeded vibrations.
Too bad they didn’t do anything about the cheapo-looking plastic buttons on the center console, but I imagine that treating them with some more impressive finish would probably make the whole project prohibitively expensive.
Frankly, I don’t see a point in use of perforated leather on any surface that isn’t supposed to hold your weight. From where I, no pun intended, sit, perforation is the best way to combat natural leather’s, um, natural ability to be slippery in certain conditions, as well as to save you the embarrassment of leaving a wet spot on a seat in the heat of summer (as we all know, air conditioning systems aren’t always capable to prevent you from sweating in all the wrong places.) In places like dashboard and center console, the perforation will probably do a good job of gathering dust and grime that at some point will become a real pain when it comes to cleaning.
Yet, it looks great when new, I’ll give you that.
As far as pricing is concerned, Project Kahn seems to be quite secretive about that, but it’s fairly clear that a personalization program that uses so much high-quality leather and, possibly even more important, requires so much skilled labor, won’t be cheap even for the kind of people that can afford an Aston Martin. Anyway, if you are interested, you should probably contact the tuning specialist directly and they will be happy to answer all your questions.
2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S photos:
Photos: Aston Martin, Project Kahn
See also: Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Edition