Top Loder: Dressing up an Aston Martin V8 Vantage in Couture

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Who would have thought the bespectacled Bavarians at Loder 1899 could improve the sexiness of the Brits' latest Emma Peel, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage? But while the eyes have it, the wallet might as well take a powder. This is a purely high-end treatment, with an titanium suspension system that allows the driver to adjust the car's height, gradient, pressure level, strut compression, and whether Scottish gin or Russian Vodka goes in his martini. That tweak alone is a $10,000+ option. A $7,000 sport exhaust increases horsepower from 385 to 405, and a carbon-fiber aero kit defies currency conversion (Ok, $6,000). Wheels are by Afzal Kahn ($7,000+) and the payment card is American Express Centurion. Just try not to wake the staff by doing doughnuts in the courtyard. [UPDATE: Jeffrey from Kahn Design says the wheels in the press shots aren't the company's RS-Vs, as indicated in the press release, they're by Loder 1899. There's a big difference.]

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Disclaimer: Aesthetically speaking, I personally like smaller wheels and some tire wall.

If you look at most Touring cars from Europe, the wheels are extremely large with very low profile tires. There is definitely a performance advantage if you can make them light enough and if your suspension is stiff enough. This is before considering the larger brake options. As for F1, I have read from an interview with a then-current head of the FIA that the rim size is *limited* to its current size (I think 13") because a larger rim would make the cars near uncontrollable at the (higher) limit.