The one and only delicious Aston Martin DB10 two-door coupe designed exclusively for Daniel Craig, or rather James Bond, sold for a meager £ 2.4 million. The auction was organized by Christie’s on behalf of Eon Productions. Unfortunately, since it is not a production car, the new owner will not be able to drive the car on the road. The Specter coupe can hit a thunderous 190 mph on the track, and was unveiled outside of the star-studded world premiere at Albert Hall in October 2015. Although the auction started at a slow £ 1 million, the price had risen to a whopping £ 2,434,500 for the end of the show, charity of course.
Despite prior knowledge that the car is not road legal, the sprinter faced a fierce bidding war. It is one of ten DB10s created exclusively for the 007 adventure film Specter, and the first to be privately owned. The model also features what is arguably the greatest Aston Martin design of all time. Of course, James Bond is very familiar with Aston Martin vehicles. The brand’s first car to appear in a James Bond movie was the legendary DB5, in “Goldfinger.” Since then, the British have delivered five more models for the James Bond franchise. Let’s take a look at the history and evolution of the Aston Martin DB10.
A few weeks after EON Productions (the producers of the James Bond franchise) announced the film’s 24th installment as “Specter,” the Aston Martin DB10 made its debut. The name sparked a wave of confusion among Aston Martin (or rather Aston Martin DB) enthusiasts, as it seemed to suggest a continuation of the DB line of the DB9 model. However, the car was simply a prototype that would not go into production. Unlike other concepts, Aston Martin produced ten units, most of which were used in the film. The DB 10 seemed as aggressive as expected. It was also iconic, as it seemed to branch out from typical Aston Martin styling to a more compact design. This was a good move and it could have come at the right time.
How it came to be
According to Marek Reichman (Aston Martin’s Design Director), the idea was to create a car that would capture the attention of every child who sees the James Bond franchise movie for the first time. At least that’s what film director Sam Mendes wanted. Reichman’s interpretation was an evolution of the DB5, which was powered by Sean Connery in the 1964 hit Goldfinger and ushered in the legendary Bond-Aston affair. But far from it: the DB10 aimed to bring back the philosophy of its predecessor rather than its devices.
At first glance, the task seemed simple enough: to revive one of the most influential Aston Martins in both film and reality. The only dilemma is that this was not going to be just a mere replica of the original, because, as Sam said, it had to be unique and modern: the future generation of the DB5.
So the DB10 production process began, using the V8 Vantage platform but employing a longer wheelbase and an incredibly wide track. Unsurprisingly, the car was powered by a 4.7L V8 engine and came with an extended hood. The cabin was set all the way back, and there was a simple, sharp line running down the side of the coupe. Apparently the aggressive front end was actually inspired by SHARKS. It featured the lowest nose ever produced by Aston Martin. The grille was hidden in a dark silhouette, while the interior was extremely technical. It was dubbed the DB10 not because it was meant to succeed the Db9, but because it was a modern version of the DB5. In fact, the car looks nothing like an evolution of the DB9.
Features and performance
In accordance with the agreement that the British signed in 2014 with Daimler, the Aston Martin DB10 received a new 4L turbocharged V8 engine, which could deliver around 500 hp. This was combined with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and a number of electrical systems. The combination allowed the coupe to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and reach a top speed of at least 180 mph.
The DB10 benefited from sharper and stronger folds that gave it a sturdier and shorter rear. Although the front grill is wider and lower, it was instantly recognizable as a typical Aston Martin. The front end was also equipped with a new headlight design, while the wings came with deep air vents that …