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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Car and Celeb: James Bond's New Ride: the Aston Martin DB10

When James Bond gets behind the wheel of an Aston
Martin in the upcoming Spectre blockbuster, it’ll be
unlike any Bond car ever before. In collaboration with
EON Productions, the team at Gaydon specially
developed a bespoke movie car for the latest Bond
installment, which it is calling the Aston Martin DB10.
The Aston Martin DB10 will be built in-house,
following an extensive design collaboration with the
movie’s director Sam Mendes. It’s no surprise to see
James Bond piloting another Aston, but the Aston
Martin DB10 does allude to the possible design
direction of the British luxury sports car brand. The
DB10 has the typical short-rear, long-nose sports car
proportions, with a sharp fastback roof, a sculpted
hood, and Aston Martin’s familiar horizontal-bar
grille. Like many automakers as of late, Aston
Martin’s design team appears to be looking right at
the Jaguar F-Type for inspiration.
We previously reported that Aston Martin had
registered trademarks for DB10 through DB14 names,
which are presumably reserved for a successor to the
Aston Martin DB9. That model will be co-developed
by Aston and Mercedes-AMG, leading us to believe
that whatever is underneath the sheet metal of the
Aston Martin DB10, it’s likely related to the new
Mercedes-AMG GT. In fact, our European bureau chief
Georg Kacher already indicated that the DB9
successor rumored for 2016 will use a twin-turbo
V-8 engine from AMG, likely the 456-hp mill in the
Mercedes-AMG GT or the 503-hp monster in the rip-
roaring GT S.
The folks in Gaydon will build 10 bespoke Aston
Martin DB10 units, none of which we expect to go on
sale as official production vehicles. Interestingly
though, all of the cars have a manual gearbox, per
the film team's request.
Source: MotorTrend

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