James Bond’s new ride

The Aston Martin DB10 was unveiled in 2014, only weeks after EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, announced that the 24th installment of the movie will be called "Spectre." Although the car’s name suggests a successor to the long-running DB9, the DB10 is actually just a concept car that won’t make it into production. However, unlike other concepts, it was built in 10 units and most of them were used in the film. But even though it won’t hit the streets as a production model, the DB10 provides hints about Aston Martin’s future vehicles.

As you’d expect from a concept, the DB10 looks downright aggressive. It is, in fact, the most aggressive-looking Aston Martin I’ve seen in recent years, except for the Vulcan supercar, and if this is what the company’s future looks like, we’re in for gorgeous replacements to the company’s current lineup of grand tourers.

The DB10 also signals that the Brits are moving toward more compact designs and a styling language that drops some of the trademark features used over the last decade or so. This isn’t necessary bad, as Aston Martin is in desperate need of a fresh image.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin DB10.

Exterior

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Although it remains recognizable as an Aston Martin and even as a DB9, the DB10 sports a completely redesigned body shell that blends new features and familiar trademark cues as well. Both the sloping hood and the large front grille seen on the current DB9 are present on the DB10, but the latter now incorporates the lower air dam for a more aggressive appearance.

When viewed from the side, the DB10 showcases a crisper design with beefy front wheel arches, muscular shoulders and deeply sculpted sills with carbon-fiber side skirts. The front fenders keep the trademark vent with upper chrome trim, but the crease is now deeper compared to the DB9’s and extends toward the door. The cabin has also been reshaped, sitting lower for a sleek appearance and sporting a smaller quarter-glass area.

There are no images of the rear end as of this writing, but it appears as Aston Martin opted for an extremely short rear overhang and slim taillights. A metallic-gray paint job and unique, lightweight, 10-spoke wheels round off the DB10’s sexy exterior.

Interior

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Although the Brits were successful in hiding the DB10’s interior for many months, one of our friends managed to take a shot of the car’s dashboard at an Aston Martin event in France. As expected, Aston designed a bespoke cockpit for the movie car, ditching most of the styling cues used in the current DB9. The dashboard is a lot cleaner now and there’s no sign of a traditional center stack.

The new instrument cluster resembles that of a race car, featuring a bigger gauge in the middle and two additional units on each side. Everything seems to be covered in fine leather stitched together with white thread, while the classy Aston Martin steering wheel has been replaced by a flat-bottom unit with Alcantara grip areas.

Drivetrain

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There’s no word on what engine lurks under the DB10’s hood, but Aston Martin could use it to test the brand-new, 4.0-liter V-8 it received according to the agreement the Brits signed with Daimler earlier in 2014. The twin-turbo mill made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car and spread into other AMG-branded models.

Along with the engine, which is expected to deliver around 500 horsepower, the DB10 could also use AMG’s seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and a host of electrical systems. With the AMG combo, the coupe should be able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in less than four seconds on its way to a top speed in excess of 180 mph.

The speculation above is of course for the production DB11 this bespoke coupe previews. As Aston Martin is still developing its next-gen platform, the Bondmobile is likely to feature the company’s proven V-12 and an older chassis, most probably sourced from the current DB9.

Prices

Being a brand-new vehicle on a new architecture, the DB10 will be darn expensive to build, especially with only ten units scheduled to roll off the assembly line. All examples are likely to be used on the set of Spectre — set to premier on November 6th, 2015 — so don’t expect the DB10 to reach dealerships in this form. Should Aston Martin decide to sell a few of them, only select, devoted customers will have access to the car.

Conclusion

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James Bond is no stranger to Aston Martin vehicles, with no less than five models supplied by the Brits since 1964’s "Goldfinger." But unlike the iconic DB5 or the exquisite V12 Vanquish, the DB10 is the first Aston Martin specifically built for the movie. The car is not only unique, but it also previews the upcoming DB11 and, as things stand, the company’s future design language. Needless to say, the upcoming James Bond movie is an eccentric way to introduce a brand-new product, albeit only in concept form.

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Updated History

Updated 10/14/2015: On October 11, Aston Martin hold a special club meeting called "Avenue De La Grande Armee" in Paris, France. One of our friends was in there, and next to a couple of classic Aston Martin cars he also got the chance to take a very close look at James Bond’s latest DB10 supercar. Even more, he also took some pictures of the interior.

Updated 10/09/2015: Don’t you just hate when other got to test supercars you only dream about? We do and we really envy the guys over Vanity Fair whom got to be the first ones to test Aston Martin’s latest DB10 supercar.

Updated 10/01/2015: Aston Martin dropped a new video with some behind-the scene footage of its brand-new DB10 supercar specially developed for Bond’s latest movie - Spectre. You will also see director Sam Mendes and actor Daniel Craig sharing their thoughts on the collaboration with Aston Martin. Enjoy!

Updated 09/11/2015: Aston Martin dropped a new video showing the "Spectre" stunt driver behind the wheel of the new DB10 - a sports car developed specially for James Bond movie.

Press Release

Aston Martin together with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, unveiled Bond’s stunning new car, the Aston Martin DB10, on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.

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The luxury British sports car brand is delighted to confirm that James Bond will once again drive an Aston Martin in Spectre. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand’s design and engineering teams.

Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.

Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.

Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: "In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.

"To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin.

"I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality."

Production will be strictly limited to 10 of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built by the designers, engineers and highly skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.

Spectre is due for general release on 6 November 2015.

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