Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 unveiled

James Bond has a new mission and a new ride; the Aston Martin DB10. The mission will hit cinema screens next year under the title Spectre. Director Sam Mendes officially launched the film’s name, unveiled its cast including Christopher Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott and pulled the wrapping off a brand new Aston Martin at Pinewood Studios this morning.

Uniquely in the 24-movie history of the franchise, the car has been specially designed for the job. You won’t be able to buy a DB10, it’s strictly a concept car, albeit one that will be built in a short run – 10 cars – especially for Eon productions. It is not based on the new architecture or built around the new Mercedes-AMG engines that future Aston Martins will feature, but instead around the existing V8 Vantage package. So ignore the DB10 name – this is not the car to follow the V12-engined, two plus two DB9. There’s only space for Daniel Craig and one passenger in the DB10.

The Bond car does however showcase what car designers call “a design language” that will find its way onto the successors to both the current V8 Vantage and V12 DB9. And as befits the most radical development at Aston Martin since the DB9 launched what the company calls the “V/H” architecture, the new car has a radical new look. It’s the work of Aston’s design hyper-active director Marek Reichman who has, since taking over from Ian Callum (now at Jaguar) kept his team busy with concept cars, Lagondas real and imagined and the One-77 super GT.

First impressions? It’s bold, modish but lacks the cool elegance and classicism of Callum’s cars (the Vantage and the DB9) which have served the company so long. It’s testament to Callum’s restraint that the DB9 still turns heads, 11 years after its launch. The DB10 of course won’t have to do that; it’s moment will be over by the time Spectre reaches DVD.

Aston Martin says the 10 cars won’t find their way into private hands and that it fully expects them all to be destroyed by the Bond stunt-driving team which has in the past included Ben Collins, aka the former “Stig” on the hit BBC show Top Gear.

However Aston knows better than most never to say never. Its centennial concept car the CC100 was meant purely for show but then one and then a second customer made the company offers it could not refuse. And in the past it has pre-sold its racing cars to collectors only too aware of the value of rare Aston Martins. The DB10 will be among the rarest. I expect Aston Martin’s and Eon’s phones are already ringing.

The telegraph
4 dicembre 2014