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When it comes to bucket lists – driving James Bonds MI6 company car from the latest Bond movie SPECTRE pretty much trumps it.
This, my fellow Bond fans is the Aston Martin DB10 – and, well, what a looker it is. Built specifically for the Spectre movie – once there were 10, now there are two, including this Hero car example.
In fact, it’s the first time in the 24 film Bond franchise that Aston Martin has designed a car from scratch – previously, Bond cars were based on series production models.
Aston Martin has a long history of supplying Bond cars, dating back to to the 1964 classic, Goldfinger, when Sean Connery drove the iconic DB5 – one of the most beautiful Astons ever designed.
Drop dead styling, simple lines and a grille to die for characterised the DB5 more than any other car of the day, and according to Marek Reichmann, Aston’s director of design, that’s the car that provided creative inspiration for the DB10.
It might not be a production model, but rest assured, the DB10 is window into the future design language of Aston Martin’s road cars, and for me, that can’t come soon enough.
They built this car in just six months – usually it takes years to design and build a new car. Its underpinnings are V8 Vantage. But the DB10 is slightly longer and gets a much wider track. Look at those hips, almost as wide as Aston’s One-77 Hypercar, and I love that about it.
The whole car is carbon fibre over a bonded aluminium chassis, which I’d like to see on the next vantage.
And these diamond-turned wheels, they were also created exclusively for the DB10.
But what I find most interesting are the bonnet vents – or at first glance the lack of – but I can assure you they are there – in the form of these tiny hols – it was done this way, so as not to take away from the superb looking front end.
The grill is more aggressive than most previous Astons, shark like for extra menace, like Bond’ character in Spectre.