To finally lay rest to rumours that James Bond will be driving a puny Fiat 500 in his next outing, comes the sizzling Aston Martin DB10, a car more revolutionary than whatever Aston has done till now.
The DB10 will be Daniel Craig's wheels in Bond's 24th big-screen outing, due next year, continuing 007's affiliation with Aston that helped make the DB5 so iconic.
We love a Bond flick, but needless to say it's the DB10 that's whet our appetites the most. It's described by Aston Martin as "a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand's design and engineering teams", and will be limited to a production run 10 cars, three of which have so far been built.
But it's fair to say this is no pie-in-the-sky concept. It looks an entirely road-ready vehicle, and its Aston convention-matching name ought to be a deep hint that we're looking at a preview of the DB9's replacement. Aston itself says "the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins".
But an Aston insider tells us it more accurately points towards what we can expect from the next V8 Vantage. As such, a 4.7-litre eight-cylinder apparently sits beneath that svelte bonnet. the DB10's panels are crafted from carbonfibre, as it's the quickest material to work with.
Technical information and gadget details were spared from Spectre director Sam Mendes's unveil, perhaps unsurprisingly. So for now we can only pass comment on how the DB10 looks.
‘Nice' would appear to be an understatement, the tautness of the V8 melded with the longer profile of the DB9, but with much sharper creases and some perfectly housed alloy wheels.
While very recognisably an Aston, there are also inescapable shades of Jaguar F-Type, particularly in side profile and around the DB10's hindquarters. Given the affiliation designer Ian Callum has with both companies, that ought not to be a surprise. And given the F-Type is a stonker, it's certainly not a bad parallel to draw.