When James Bond chases the bad guys in Spectre, the 24th film in the famed spy franchise, he will be doing so while driving an Aston Martin DB10—the only car ever built just for Bond. While celebrating the 50-year relationship between the British marque and Eon Productions (the company responsible for almost all of the films) last September, work was already underway on a singular set of wheels for the latest installment. The acclaimed automaker worked closely with Spectre’s director Sam Mendes to develop a vehicle with the right balance of power, performance, and photogenic appeal. Nearly as unique as Agent 007 himself, only 10 examples of the car were made—each used exclusively for filming.
Not standard MI6 issue, the DB10 would leave M floored, as it can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph, thanks to a 4.7-liter V-8 engine mated to a manual gearbox. With a faster maximum speed and a nearly equal acceleration rate as Aston Martin’s DB9, the DB10 has a more streamlined body style, slightly smaller dimensions, and weighs several hundred pounds less than its production predecessor.
The DB10 marks the sixth Aston Martin model to be featured in a Bond film, the first being the DB5 driven by Sean Connery as the lead role in 1964’s Goldfinger. The company would go on to provide the ride for 12 of Bond’s adventures to date—more than any other marque.
Unlike Aston Martin’s commemorative production car, the DB9 GT Bond Edition (released earlier this month), the DB10 will not go into production. One of the cars used in filming, however, will be auctioned for charity at a yet-to-be-determined date. Spectre opens in theaters throughout the United Kingdom on October 26, followed by a global release on November 6. (astonmartin.com)