Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond Wiki



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Year of Release:
  • 1977

Top Speed:
  • 170 mph

Engine:
  • V8

Features:
  • Extending lateral outriggers for stable running on ice and snow, spiked tyres, guided attack missiles, wheel-mounted lasers (an update of the DB5's tyre slashers), signal-intercepting smart radio, Heads-Up Targeting Display, rocket booster engine for jumps, and self-destruct capability with hard-wired explosives. To date, the Vantage is one of the most gadgeted cars of the Bond films.

Trivia:
  • An authentic Vantage only appears sporadically in The Living Daylights. All of the car chase scene was filmed with a pre-production model Vantage owned by Victor Gauntlett, CEO of Aston Martin. The convertable Vantage in the early scenes is the authentic Vantage.
  • Two of the cars used in the movie reside at the Bond Museum in Keswick; gadgets included.




Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond Wiki




Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond Wiki



Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond Before self-destruct
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - James Bond
After self-destruct

Signal-intercepting radio
Hidden instrument panel Self-destruct button

Wheel lasers
Wheel laser in action Rocket propulsion
Effect of the wheel laser HUD missle targeting Rocket engine
Front-firing missiles Outrigger skis Close-up of instrument panel
Studded tires




Summary:The V8 Vantage was introduced by Aston Martin in 1977 as Britain's premier high-performance car. InThe Living Daylights, Bond's Vantage Volante starts out as a convertible, before being "winterized" into a hardtop (with plenty of ice-specific gadgetry) by Q.

Specs:
  • 5.3 Liter v8
  • 400 horsepower
  • 592 lb ft torque
  • 0-60 in 5.4 seconds
Gadgets:
Ice-traction spikes, outrigger skis, bulletproof windows, forward firing missiles, side-firing laser, rocket booster, self-destruct.