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.