The Aston Martin DB10 is Not a Glimpse into Aston’s Future
Those of you who got all shaken and/or stirred by the prospect of someday being able to drive a road-going version of the gorgeous 2015 Aston Martin DB10 are probably already closing your checkbooks, as the car was announced as being a movie-only vehicle.
Those who saw it as sort of a preview for a future DB9 replacement, especially thanks to its name, will probably be disappointed to find out that the truth is very different. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that some of its voluptuously dark lines won’t be coming to a non-Bond Aston Martin in the future, especially since the Gaydon manufacturer is currently embarking on a journey to reinvent itself with some minor help from Mercedes-AMG and its bespoke engines.
It is the DB10 that is the subject of this story though, and a few more details have become apparent since Aston Martin design director Mareck Reichman had a chat about the car with the folks from Top Gear.
Despite its name, the DB10 is actually based on the V8 Vantage, from which it borrows pretty much everything it has under that sculpted body, including its 4.7-liter V-8. .
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Why it matters
As it happens, apart from looking downright bad-ass and being exclusive to the James Bond Spectre movie, the Aston Martin DB10 will apparently have a very special connection with Daniel Craig’s character.
According to Reichman, despite being a direct continuation of Sean Connery’s DB5 in Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB10 will probably not be filled with gadgetry to rival a Japanese home robot, but just revive the philosophy of what many people see as the quintessential Bond car.
Declining to go into details, the head of Aston Martin design told TopGear that the car "has a big part to play in the story. It’s going to do some things you might not expect."
To some, that’s a hidden hint that we may either see a KITT-like Bond car for the very first time or that it will also jump on the autonomous driving bandwagon — or both. Either way, the DB10 was announced by Spectre director Sam Mendes as "the first member of the cast," which is yet another hint on its own.
My take is that even though Aston says that the DB10 is not much more than a movie prop (or, better yet, "movie character"), its connection to the future of Aston Martin is a little bit deeper that we are led to believe.
Why? Well, Aston Martin could have just re-skinned a few V8 Vantages for Spectre, but instead it went all in, giving the DB10 a longer wheelbase and a much wider track than the V8 Vantage. Speaking of its wide track, the DB10 is almost as wide as the 2012 One-77 hypercar.
If I were to guess, most of the lines we see on the DB10 will be found on a Vantage replacement, which will most likely be powered by a version of AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8.