Aston Martin and the James Bond film series have always been strongly affiliated, starting in 1964 when a beautiful DB5 featured in ‘Goldfinger’. Any enthusiast of the films will know that there have been times when other manufacturers were used, including Lotus, BMW and even AMC. Since 2002 however, when an Aston Martin Vanquish was used in ‘Die Another Day’, Aston’s have been a regular part of the film series.
One of the very special Aston’s was the DB10 that was built especially for the 2015 movie ‘Spectre’. Only ten were manufactured with eight used for the filming of the movie. The Aston Martin design team worked with the film’s director, Sam Mendes to create the DB10.
The DB10’s exterior design is based off the 2019 Vantage. Like all Aston’s, the exterior of the DB10 is a real highlight with beautiful flowing lines, an all-new headlight design, deep front air vents and a one-piece clamshell bonnet. The carbon fibre body panels and lightweight 10 spoke alloys help to keep weight to 1542kg. There’s also a bespoke cockpit with an instrument cluster that features a bigger centre gauge. There’s fine leather stitching and a flat bottomed steering wheel with Alcantara grips.
Mechanically, the DB10’s based on the V8 Vantage S and is powered by the same 4.7 Litre V8. The engine produces 321kW of power and 490Nm of torque enabling the car to do 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 310km/h. It also has a six speed manual gearbox and rear wheel drive.
The DB10 has double wishbone suspension front and rear with carbon ceramic brakes. These are 380 millimetre diameter with six piston calipers at the front and 330 millimetre diameter with four piston calipers at the rear.
The beautiful DB10 is a fitting way to celebrate the collaboration between Aston Martin and the James Bond film series. Let’s hope that this partnership continues well into the future.