Aston Martin knows how to make beautiful cars. The company was founded in 1913 and since the 50s and 60s has become the premier manufacturer of luxury sports cars in the world. While James Bond is hardly as popular as he was a few decades ago the Aston Martin is still at the top of its game. The latest release confirms it.
While James Bond once ruled supreme in the field of secret agents he has since come under heavy fire from the likes of Jack Bauer, Jason Bourne, and Ethan Hunt. When you take account of inflation James Bond has never hit the heights of success in the box office or people’s imagination since the days of Thunderball and Goldfinger (the first Bond movie to have an Aston Martin in 1964). Skyfall came close in 2012 and it is clear that Bond can still pull in an audience but it doesn’t have the same air of superiority that it once did.
For a long time Bond has driven the Aston Martin and their superiority went hand in hand. While Bond’s reign has come under question, the Aston Martin never has. Competitors have come and tried to take their place. Jagua, Bentley, Porsche, Ferrari have all had a go and all have a rightful place of their own, but none are quite like the Aston Martin. The company has had its share of challenges, going bankrupt seven times in its more than 100-year history but it has always found a way through.
In more recent years though it has all been a story of success with several new successful releases and a stock market floatation. Nothing embodies this more than the latest limited edition release. The limited-edition V12 speedster has been announced with only 88 cars set to be released worldwide.
The incredible car has no roof, no windscreen, and only two seats. It will not be useful for a trip to the shops or a day out with the family. The car uses a bonded aluminum architecture using the best bits of both the DBS Superleggera and the Vantage to create something very special. The chassis is almost totally made of carbon fiber making the car incredibly light and fast.
The car will reach 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 300 km/h. With speeds so high you can expect the price to be too. It is priced at a starting price of 765,000 pounds and will be available at the beginning of 2021.
The interior of the car is truly beautiful. It is adorned with the same symbols as a fighter jet capturing just how quick this car can go. There is satin carbon fiber, leather, chrome, and aluminum, as well as 3D printed rubber. You would struggle to find a hard corner anywhere inside or outside this car that is built with curves and speed in mind.
The car was made by the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ bespoke division. The design is inspired by both historic racing and aeronautical design. The F/A – 18 is the aeronautical inspiration and the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 is seen as the great grandfather of this car.
While the coronavirus will likely delay the release of this incredible vehicle it is still expected to be available at some point in 2021. The incredible Aston Martin is again leading the way in beauty and engineering. While some will argue that is not so different from its predecessors, the key changes are subtle and magnificent. This exceptional piece of work may cost a lot but it delivers a significant amount too.