Bulletproof Aston Martin Vantage With Electric Shock Door Handles Gives Us Serious James Bond Vibes
Ever wanted to be like James Bond? Well thanks to U.S.-based armored vehicle company AddArmor, now you can, as their latest product, an armored Aston Martin Vantage, will have you feeling like 007 himself.
The armored Aston features AddArmor’s B4 level of protection, which includes a composite-reinforced firewall and doors, bulletproof glass, a blast-resistant steel roof and fuel tank protector, and beefed-up suspension to handle it all.
It also features a tamper-proof exhaust and run-flat tires, but probably our favorite addition is the incorporation of electric shock door handles that can be activated at the push of a button. The cost for this “Anti-Intrusion Protection Package”, which AddArmor offers for a variety of vehicles, starts at $32,500 (£24,812 / €29,315) on top of the cost of the donor vehicle.
However, don’t think that just because this Vantage is armored it’ll be too heavy to get out of its own way. It’s actually quite the contrary. Thanks to the use of lightweight Kevlar in the armor, it only supposedly only adds 450 lb (204 kg) to the weight of the vehicle. There is still the weight of the steel roof and underbody plate along with the new suspension and exhaust, but AddArmor claims the modifications don’t sacrifice vehicle performance “in the slightest” due to their armor’s lighter weight compared to traditional ballistic steels.
And with an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 503 hp (510 PS / 375 kW) and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque, we’d imagine a few extra pounds wouldn’t affect this car’s ability to get up and go much anyway. That being said, if AddArmor was able to do this with a V8 Vantage, we wonder if they could do the same to the newly introduced (but already sold out) V12 Vantage, whose 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 makes a significantly higher 690 hp (700 PS / 515 kW) and 555 lb-ft (753 Nm) of torque.