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New Revenant Automotive bumper 'fixes' the Aston Martin Vantage

Revenant Automotive has transformed the gaping front end of the Vantage with a ew bumper.

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Is grille design really that hard? While BMW has taken the brunt of the criticism lately for the front end of the redesigned 2021 BMW 4 Series, it was't too long ago that Aston Martin was being ridiculed for the looks of the Vantage. As it looks today, the Vantage has a bit of the whale shark about it, with a gaping front end that draws your eye into it rather than around the car to see the sleek sheetmetal and sweeping design lines.

Revenant Automotive has designed, developed, and engineered a new front bumper for the model. It incorporates two openings instead of one, leaving the car looking less like a guppy. The new nosecone features a top opening that is more proportional to the design of the Vantage whole a lower opening is serviceable but not remarkable. High-flow hexagonal mesh protects the lower inlet. The two sections are divided by a splitter with curved supports.

Revenant Automotive: Aston Martin Vantage Front Bumper

Revenant Automotive: Aston Martin Vantage Front Bumper

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Buyers can choose from a variety of materials for their car from a selection of lightweight composites, including exposed 2x2 twill herringbone autoclave-cured carbon fiber.

The nosecone is just the first piece of the Vantage puzzle Revenant Automotive will be recommissioning and selling.

Before owners commit, they can try out the varieties in the Revenant Automotive online configurator tool. The configurator features the ability to choose a wide variety of visual combinations, allowing users to color and customize not just the paintwork of their Vantage, but also trim pieces such as grilles, badging, and window surrounds, as well as using accent colors on graphics, brake calipers, and wheels. Numerous camera angles are available to review each creation, along with insider information on the design and personalization options.

Each new section is handcrafted in the U.K., like the Vantage. Current and future Aston Martin Vantage owners are able to discuss their requirements with Revenant Automotive with regards to material selection, ordering and best methods for fitting, as well as configuring their new-look Aston Martin Vantage online. Orders are now open on www.revenantautomotive.com.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

Land Rover

James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionThe Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionThe 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionYou'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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