Who needs a bulletproof Aston Martin Vantage? It won’t be a head of state, probably not a member of a royal family, but who would? A dictator perhaps? Or a dubious businessman with bad ‘friends’? The American company AddArmor does not ask those questions when an order comes in. Discretion is important in their business.
Aston Martin Vantage with exhaust pipe grille
Anyway, this armored Aston Martin Vantage exists, so there will be a small market for it. The British sports car features composite bullet-resistant panels, an explosion-resistant steel roof, thicker glass, fuel tank protection and an upgraded chassis to handle the increased weight.
Special are the exhaust pipes with a grille in front. This should prevent someone from pressing a stick of dynamite or a grenade into it, for example. The Vantage is of course equipped with run-flat tires, so that the occupants can also escape if the tires have been blown to bits. The adjustments made by AddArmor make the car more than 200 kilos heavier than normal.
Door handles that give your enemies a nasty shock
‘Funny’ are the James Bond-esque electric door handles. By this we do not mean that there is no longer a mechanical door mechanism, but that the handles can literally be put under voltage with the push of a button. What exactly the use of this is, is somewhat obscure to us. If the doors are locked, any enemies can’t open them, can they?
The heavy armor is a bargain in relative terms
Everything remains the same mechanically. The armored Aston Martin still has a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG with 510 hp and 685 Nm. Although, due to the increased weight, he will probably no longer go to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. Incidentally, we are surprised at the ‘low’ price of all AddArmor adjustments: 32,500 dollars (converted about 29,000 euros). Then you only have to buy a Vantage, for – in the Netherlands – more than 200,000 euros.
Source: Autoreview.nl by www.autoreview.nl.
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