For your drive only

A se­cret-agent in­spired As­ton Mar­tin Van­tage

Wheels (Australia) - - Explained -

When you think of James Bond, there is only one mar­que that comes to mind: As­ton Mar­tin. Ever since Sean Con­nery got be­hind the wheel of the DB5 in Goldfin­ger, to Daniel Craig driv­ing the DB10 in Spec­tre, the two go hand in hand.

So it’s no won­der that Bond is in­spir­ing As­ton Mar­tin own­ers to mod­ify their own rides to em­body some­thing that looks like it came straight from Q–branch, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of Bridge­stone’s new Potenza S007A per­for­mance tyres. Fit­ting.

This one-of-a-kind Van­tage has had the se­cret agent treat­ment, with a re­spray to a unique ‘Gri­gio’ grey and the ad­di­tion of a car­bon­fi­bre front lip, grille and rear spoiler.

But the real gains were made through a raft of han­dling en­hance­ments, con­vert­ing the Van­tage from a com­fort­able sports cruiser to a sharp shooter through turns: Bil­stein dampers, H&R low­er­ing springs and Bridge­stone Potenza S007A rub­ber, re­sult­ing in laser pre­ci­sion steer­ing.

The Potenza S007A was in­tro­duced as Bridge­stone’s flag­ship per­for­mance tyre when it launched. With im­prove­ments to re­spon­sive­ness, new lev­els of sta­bil­ity for both ev­ery day and high-speed ap­pli­ca­tions, height­ened grip and cor­ner­ing abil­ity, im­proved brak­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and in­creased wear life com­pared to pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion tyres, the S007A is ideal for high-end per­for­mance cars such as As­ton Martins, Mercedes-amgs and BMW M Se­ries cars.

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