Out with the old in with the new! Aston Martin says that James Bond’s next car also previews the brand’s new look.
The DB10 two-door coupe, built exclusively for the next installment in the Bond film franchise, “Spectre,” overhauls a design language first used by the V12 Vanquish in 2001.
“The DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins,” the company said in a statement.
Aston Martin chose not to sit the DB10 on the new platform it is developing for future generations of cars. Instead it will sits on the VH (vertical/horizontal) platform and will be powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, a company spokeswoman told Automotive News Europe.
The engine is sourced by Ford and also used in the V8 Vantage.
All 10 units of the DB10 will be used in filming the movie, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer tweeted Thursday.
The DB10 is fully driveable, according to Aston, and has already been tested by actor Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond.
Aston Martin announced earlier this year it is developing a new architecture to update the range but hasn’t said when it will appear on a new car. IHS Automotive recently told Automotive News Europe that it didn’t expect to see cars built on the platform until 2016 at the earliest. In addition, Aston Martin has an agreement with Daimler’s performance arm, AMG, to buy 4.0-liter turbocharged V-8s for its new models.
Aston is struggling financially as it announced a pre-tax loss of 25.4 million pounds (32.3 million euros) for 2013, according to a Reuters report. Investment firm InvestIndustrial bought a 37.5 percent stake in Aston Martin in 2012.
The reveal of the James Bond DB10 is the first big event at the firm since Palmer, a former top executive at Nissan, joined as CEO in September. Palmer tweeted a picture of himself unveiling the car at a UK event on Thursday to announce the film title, saying, “I challenge anyone to tell me I don’t have the best job in the car industry.” “Spectre” will be in theaters starting Nov. 6, 2015. With all of the success this partnership had had, will it continue with this newest installment?
The Aston Martin is a iconic car, and will continue to be with the release of this new generation. You have to hand it to Aston Martin. Its entry-level V8 Vantage may be nearly a decade old, but the British automaker never tires of rolling out ever more powerful versions. Where the original packed a 4.3-litre V8 derived from a Jaguar design and producing 380 horsepower, this latest version packs 565 hp to become the company’s quickest and fastest roadster to date, not to mention its most powerful.
Following the debut of the V12 Vantage S coupe, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster packs the most powerful iteration of Aston’s ubiquitous 6.0-litre V12 engine to date. Equipped with CNC-machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts, unburdened of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of excess weight and mated to Gaydon’s latest Graziano-developed Sportshift III seven-speed sequential gearbox, that engine is capable of propelling the open-top rocket to 60 (0-96km/h) in 3.9 seconds en route to a top speed of 201 miles per hour (324 kilometres per hour). That’s considerably quicker than the flagship Vanquish Volante, which runs to 60 (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds and tops out at 183 mph (295 km/h), painting the V12 Vantage S Roadster as Aston’s most performance-focused droptop to date.
It’s also got a flatter and fatter torque curve than the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, three-stage adaptive damping, three-stage stability control and two-stage ABS, carbon-ceramic disc brakes and a lightweight exhaust derived from the pipes on the One-77. Like what you see? There are more details to digest in the press release below, including a full range of customization options from the Q by Aston Martin catalog. This new Aston Martin is going to rip up the street near you in the next year.