Bond – and there’s more…

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Crickey. I only had to mention Bond and Aston. Now I’ve had my hands smacked and must also say that Jaguar Land Rover has a line-up of vehicles featuring in Spectre. These will include the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender, which have been provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Jaguar C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome alongside the Aston Martin DB10. The C-X75 vehicles used in filming have been built with the help of the Williams Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire. I’ll wager not many people know that. I certainly didn’t. Well done Williams.

Scenes including the heavily modified versions of Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport SVR (filmed in Austria). The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover the company has produced with 37in diameter off-road tyres to tackle the extreme terrain. They also feature bespoke suspension systems and enhanced body protection.

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles have been involved in a succession of Bond films. Most recently, in 2012, the rugged Defender 110 Double Cab Pick Up was driven by field agent Eve Moneypenny in the opening sequence to Skyfall.

Bond Aston update

DB9 GT Bond Edition Front

Front

DB9 GT Bond Edition Rear

Rear

 

Honestly, things move so fast. I completely forgot to mention that the DB9 GT Bond Edition was released on 2 September with 150 being made.

The 6.0-litre V12-engined grand tourer features special Spectre Silver paint; sterling silver Aston Martin badges front and rear; and discreet ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging.

These features build on the styling of the DB9 GT which includes 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned 20in alloy wheels; bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille; carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, and grey brake calipers.

Inside, the DB9 GT Bond Edition continues its subtle homage to James Bond with unique numbered sill plaques featuring the familiar 007 logo; gun barrel embroidery on the 2+2’s rear seat divider and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the new model’s AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system.

These embellishments add to the car’s already luxurious interior environment which includes unique fluted leather; an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a satin carbon fibre centre console surround.

The DB9 GT Bond Edition’s 6.0-litre V12 engine is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.

The all-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the car from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph, no doubt with Her Majesty’s constabulary trying to keep up.

There’s an all-round independent double wishbone suspension while the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers distinct Normal, Sport and Track modes for the broadest possible breadth of dynamic characteristics.

I won’t witter on about the accessories. You need to get inside one and experience it. The new DB9 GT Bond Edition costs £165,000.

 

 

DB9 GT Bond Edition Sill Plaque

Sill plaque

DB9 GT Bond Edition Stitch Detail

Stitch detail

DB9GT Luggage Detail

Luggage… obviously

James Bond’s Aston out soon

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Not long now until we see Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 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’.

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.

Says Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that we have a wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.”

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

Spectre is due for general release on 6 November.

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