At the tender age of 23, Team GB swimmer James Guy has already reached the podium at every major meeting across the globe, including seven world championship medals and two silvers at the Rio Olympics. Most recently, James took three relay golds and an individual bronze at the 2018 European Championships. With such power, determination and spirit, it’s perhaps no surprise that James has always dreamed of getting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin.
A few months ago, Aston Martin Bristol made James’ dream come true when we he took delivery of his very own magnetic silver Vantage. The Vantage is perfectly built for agility and speed… just like James! Its powerful 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine is capable of 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of up to 195 mph.
We caught up with James, to see how life in the fast lane compares to the pool lane.
James, what first attracted you to the all-new Vantage?
It was love at first sight. The sharp looks, class and quality of the Aston Martin Vantage caught my eye instantly, and the stylish, striking front with its scoping shark-nosed grill had me intrigued straight away.
As someone who’s never driven an Aston Martin before, what makes it so special?
The whole experience is phenomenal – words can't describe how good it feels! It starts as soon as you sit in the car, and then when you turn the engine on, it's amazing. It's totally driver focused. The handling is superb, and I love the fact that my car is practically unique. To this day I've only seen one other Vantage on the road.
Is there one feature on the new Vantage you couldn't live without?
The track mode. It takes the car to another level and shows its sheer quality. It's so important to be able to release the engine's full power, and track mode gives you the confidence to do that.
What's the most memorable trip you've taken in your Vantage?
When I first picked the car up, I drove to London that evening for a few meetings the next day. Driving it through the country roads and hearing that visceral Aston Martin roar and the famous 'pops and bangs' for the first time was extraordinary.
What's your favourite song to listen to in the car before competing?
Interesting question! To perform at my best, I need to be relaxed, so I play smooth songs by the likes of Craig David or Mary J Blige. The Vantage surround system is perfect and crystal clear, so it's just what I need.
What's it like to be a customer of Aston Martin Bristol?
Probably the best retail experience I've ever had. The team at Aston Martin Bristol makes me feel as if I'm part of the family. When I walk through the door, Jacqui's welcome is like going home to my mum! Chris and Aaron have been so responsive; they understand exactly what I want and their attention to detail is fantastic. They've made the whole process exciting and enjoyable.
Aston Martin is synonymous with James Bond. What's your favourite Bond film and why?
It's got to be Casino Royale, by a long way. The DBS in the film was unreal, and the car flipping in the chase scene was what did it for me!
What tips would you give someone who was considering buying a new Aston Martin?
Don’t rush the decision. Look around and take test drives to find exactly the right model for you. It’s easy to get ahead of yourself – I almost did.
If you could describe your Aston Martin Vantage in three words, what would they be?
Class. Instinctive. Predator.
And finally James, are you Aston Martin for life?
Without a doubt!