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Aston Martin DB5 tops ‘Favorite Bond Car’ survey in the UK

The James Bond series is probably the longest running spy series that started way back in 1963 with the first movie Dr. No. There have been more than twenty instalments released since the first movie, each one possessing the same spy-induced excitement as the rest of the movies.

The thrill and excitement in every series attract the audience but it cannot be denied that the different types of vehicles driven by Agent 007 draws in the crowds too. The James Bond series is probably one of the movies that are popularly watched especially because of the variety of vehicles featured.

Even when most of the luxury cars featured in the movies would probably meet an unfortunate end (like fall off a cliff or explode in one of 007’s race against time adventures), people like the thrill of seeing an Aston Martin or a Ford Mustang sprint in full speed on a race against one of 007’s rivals.

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Very rare Aston Martin DB10 made for James Bond film auctioned off for £2,434,500

Christie’s has sold for a whopping £2,434,500 a rare Aston Martin DB10 that was created for the James Bond film Spectre. The Aston Martin DB10 celebrates the marque's 50 years of association with James Bond, starting from the DB5.

Aston Martin only produced 10 examples of the DB10 bespoke sports car – thereby providing a preview of the future design direction for the marque's next generation vehicles. Aston Martin – along with its designers, engineers and craftspeople at its Gaydon headquarters in the United Kingdom – specifically developed the DB10 for the latest Bond film Spectre.

Eight of the 10 examples were modified for the filming of the movie. Two of the models were reserved as exhibition cars; one of them was the model that was auctioned off.

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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 to be auctioned at Christie’s on Feb 18

The Aston Martin DB10 will be auctioned off at Christie’s this coming February 18th. The DB10 is the car that Aston Martin exclusively made for James Bond. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Médecins Sans Frontières. The event is dubbed as ‘Spectre – The Auction’ and while the prime item is the DB10, it will also include 24 other special auction lots.

The event will also commemorate the release of this 24th Bond film in three formats: DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD. This luxury British brand has been part of the Bond films for 50 years. While Aston Martin’s initial foray with these films was with the DB5, the DB10 provides a preview of where the brand’s next generation is headed in terms of design.

The DB10 was created for the film ‘Spectre’ at its headquarters in Gaydon. The model was not only developed but also hand-built by different teams that included designers, engineers, and even artisans. To ensure its exclusivity, only ten units were made for the DB10.

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Premiere held for one-hour documentary on James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10

For around half a century, Aston Martin has been James Bond’s choice of ride. And now, the latest of Aston Martin’s 007 vehicles is the star of its own documentary film dubbed “DB10: Built for Bond.” Displayed at the film’s premiere in the Great Court at Blenheim Palace on November 8, 2015 were current and classic Aston Martins.

DB10: Built for Bond is a specially commissioned one-hour documentary about the creation of the DB10, which is an Aston Martin car particularly made for James Bond in the latest installment of the franchise, Spectre. ‘DB10: Built for Bond’ was created by FIN London and was filmed over an 18-month period.

Moreover, more than 120 hours of material used in the film were captured in ultra-high definition 4K. This specially made film includes interviews with the Aston Martin team in charge of creating the DB10, which was built in just six months.

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The latest installment of the 007 series -- Spectre -- will once again feature an Aston Martin model. James Bond will be driving the new DB10, which Aston and EON Productions unveiled at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios. Especially developed and built-in house for the film, the new DB10 is part of Aston’s celebration of 50 years with the 007 franchise.

Marek Reichman, Aston’s chief creative officer, collaborated with director Sam Mendes “to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.” Spectre will be shown on the big screen starting Nov. 6, 2015. Aston will produce just 10 units of the DB10 – all for the film at its Gaydon headquarters in Gaydon.

The DB10’s lines provide a glimpse of the next models that will be produced by the premium carmaker. On the other hand, German news outlet Wirtschafts Woche reported that nine cars built for the Spectre -- including five Range Rover Sport SUVs – were stolen from Dusseldorf, Germany, before they will be transported to the Alps for filming. Wirtschafts reported that the incident prompted for production of new cars for the shoot.

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We have Aston Martin Works to thank for the silver Aston Martin DB5 that was featured in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. Aston Martin Works is famous throughout the world as the official heritage and service division of the marque. Aston Martin is the automaker that has long been linked with James Bond. This is the fifth James Bond movie that the DB5 has appeared in.

Over the years, many Aston Martin models have been seen in these iconic movies. The DBS was seen in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the V8 Vantage Volante appeared in The Living Daylights, the Vanquish was used in Die Another Day while the DBS wowed audiences in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Many of these vehicles were fitted with gadgets from the ejector seat in the DB5 to the tyres that could produce spikes and to the self-destruct feature installed on the V8 Vantage Volante.

Aston Martin Works prepared the DB5 for Skyfall. Aston Martin Works is an expert at giving owners what they want, whether it’s the DB2 or the One-77 supercar. It was tasked to ‘clone’ the DB5 owned by EON Productions (the makers of the Bond movies) to have a second car for filming. The project began with finding a suitable car, assisted by Aston Martin Works.

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The most famous James Bond vehicle of all time – a silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 --sold for 2.9 million pounds ($4.6 million) at a London auction recently.

This vehicle was driven by Sean Connery in the “Goldfinger” movie and it was also seen in “Thunderball.” It features twin machine guns, revolving number plates, a bullet-proof shield and an ejector seat. Its sale price included 12% auction fees.

Actually, the price falls below the car’s presale minimum estimate of 3.5 million pounds at hammer price. Its top estimate was $10 million.

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Aston Martin’s Lagonda luxury marque is confirming its plans to launch an all-new crossover in the near future by unveiling a new concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed as the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, this show car essentially serves as a preview to the brand’s upcoming crossover.

According to Lagonda, the All-Terrain Concept is an ultra-stylish, luxurious, all-electric emission-free vehicle. This marks a new step into the brand’s goal of becoming the first luxury electric automotive brand in the world. The All-Terrain Concept basically builds on the designs and materials in the Lagonda Vision Concept that was unveiled last year. While the Vision Concept was design to be driven purely on the road, the All-Terrain Concept pushes the boundary by showing that a luxurious drive could also done off the road.

While the exterior of the Lagonda Vision Concept was inspired by the Concorde, the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, on the other hand, was initially influenced world of the super yacht. This allowed the design team at Lagonda to give the All-Terrain Concept a futuristic surfacing as well as forms and shapes seemingly created by “planetary forces of gravity fields.”

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It looks like Aston Martin will soon be following up its Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro offerings with a third hypercar. This comes as Aston Martin presented the design concept for the new AM-RB 003 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Showin Switzerland.

Its terms of styling and aerodynamics, the new AM-RB 003 shares the same fundamental philosophy with the Aston Martin Valkyrie. This is evident on the pronounced front keel and large rear diffuser. In addition, the AM-RB 003 features a variable airfoil that spans across the rear wing. This variable airfoil is made possible by a new technology from FlexSys Inc. – FlexFoil.

With this new system in place, the downforce AM-RB 003 can be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element. This new system also virtually gets rid of the turbulence and the associated drag increase in present active wing designs.

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At Aston Martin, there is the Valkyrie. In the near future, there might also be a Valhalla. Another name that starts with letter “V,” the Valhalla has just been reserved as a name that Aston Martin for a possible new car, after the British carmaker filed a trademark application for the name.

Aston Martin filed the trademark application with the World Intellectual Property organization. According to the application, the named “Valhalla” will be used on “passenger cars and racing cars and parts and fittings therefor,” among other types of vehicles. It was Autoguide that first discovered the trademark application, which was filed by Aston Martin on Oct. 12, 2018.

The use of names derived from Norse mythology is nothing new to Aston Martin. The AM-RB 001 hypercar – a joint project of Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies – was a codename used before the carmaker eventually baptized the new hypercar as the Aston Martin Valkyrie. In Norse mythology, Odin -- the god of war and death and chief of Aesir gods – keeps a group of female helping spirits called Valkyries.

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The upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie is definitely one of the new cars that the automotive world is waiting for. With a total output of whooping 1,130 hp from its immensely dynamic powertrain, the Valkyrie is touted as a hypercar from the gods, and Aston Martin is making a case of it by posting official images of this new creation on Instagram.

Aston Martin released not just one but three official images of the Valkyrie on Instagram. One of these images show the Valkyrie as viewed from top, while another presents the hypercar from the side. Aston Martin was also kind enough to offer a glimpse of the interior of the Valkyrie. The British carmaker said the cabin of the new Valkyrie is minimalistic.

As the image show, the interior of the hypercar is dipped in carbon fiber. Interestingly, the driver takes on a reclined “feet up” position once he or she is behind the steering wheel of the Valkyrie, as inspired by the current Formula 1 race cars.

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Aston Martin is celebrating 60 years of its historic win and 1-2 finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with a new special edition of the Aston Martin DBS. This Q by Aston Martin creation was commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, and only 24 units will be built with thorough reference with the Aston Martin DBR1 race car that clutched the 1959 victory. The British carmaker is introducing the new Aston Martin DBS 59.

As it moniker says, this special edition Aston DBS Superleggera pays tribute to the 1959 win by adding the figure “59” as a suffix. Fielded by David Brown Racing, Aston Martin DBR1 #5 (piloted by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby) and #6 (driven by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frere racers secured the first and second place finishes, respectively, at the 1959 Le Mans.

But the references don’t end there. The commissioned work is only for 24 examples, each unit of the DBS 59 represents every hour of the 24-hour Le Mans race where the DBR1 grabbed unmatched wins. In fact, DBS 59 models are identified by a small painted white roundel located adjacent to the side strakes, with each unit numbered from 1 to 24.

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Just last month, Aston Martin took the veil off the all-new DBS Superleggera, the British carmaker’s latest V12-powered flagship that marries the dynamics and athleticism of a supercar and the luxurious refinement of a GT. If you are interested in personalizing your own DBS Superleggera without visiting the nearest Aston Martin showroom, then this online configurator is a great help.

The configurator for the Aston Martin took the veil off the all-new DBS Superleggera will prove to be a great aid for interested buyers to ensure that their new super GT is up to their own taste and preferences. Nonetheless, with a starting price of $304,995, the DBS Superleggera isn't that accessible; it is an extraordinary car with extraordinary price. Thus, the online configurator could also serve as a big fan-service to enthusiasts who admire the new DBS Superleggera but whose pockets aren’t deep enough to afford one.

The online configurator for the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera allows one to choose from two color palettes: the typical range of colors from Aston Martin, and the selection of shades exclusive to the Q by Aston Martin service. One can also figure the finish of the carbon fiber exterior body pack, louvers on the bonnet and the sides, mirror caps, roof, roof strake, and underbonnet. There are also options for the tail lights, wheels and brake calipers. Six 21-inch forged wheels are available while the brake calipers can be painted in any of the 12 colors (six regular and six Q by Aston Martin choices.

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Aston Martin Cygnet was best known as the rebadged version of the Toyota iQ city car. Initially sold in the United Kingdom, the Cygnet was considered a failure in terms of sales, and by 2013, it was dead. However, the Cygnet is resurrected from the dead as a commissioned one-off city car with around 430 bhp of potential under its hood.

Compared to its typical base model, the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is dubbed as as the ultimate city car, both in looks and in power. Making its global debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the V8 Cygnet was commissioned by a customer via the British marque’s bespoke personalization service, the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service.

The project started with the steel body shell and panels of a right-hand drive Aston Martin Cygnet, as welded to a roll cage. To accommodate the 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine from the Aston martin Vantage S, engineers create a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel from sheet metal. Also fitted into the project are subframes and suspension from the previous-generation Vantage as well as a steel fuel tank housing (boot area).

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Aston Martin has finally unveiled its newest V12-powered flagship that combines the power and sportiness of a super car and the refinement and luxury of a GT – the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

The new Aston Martin combines two names that have been considered memorable names. The name “DBS” is derived from an iconic nameplate that made its debut in 1967. The moniker “Superleggera,” on the other hand, is a tribute by Aston Martin to the groundbreaking innovative lightweight construction methods initiated by renowned Italian coachbuilder, Touring.

Thus, the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera brings the best of two worlds into one Super GT. It boasts of remarkable power and dynamics to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. At the same time, the new DBS Superleggera delivers a high level of craftsmanship as complemented by an opportunity for customers to personalize the Super GT according to their tastes and preferences.

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Aston Martin’s newest DB11 AMR, which sits at the top of the grand tourer range, is a marriage between high-speed capability with luxurious surrounds. It is equipped with a 5.2 liter V12 that packs an impressive 630 horsepower, which is a 30 horsepower boost over the standard DB11 V12 that the AMR replaces. Still, torque remains at 516 pound feet (700 Newton metres).

With that additional horsepower, the grand tourer can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.7 seconds. That makes it 0.2 second quicker than before, while its top speed is up to 208 miles per hour (335 kilometers per hour), now 8 miles per hour (13 kilometers per hour) faster than the regular DB11 V12. The AMR also features an exhaust that’s a bit louder than before, which is pretty obvious.

Of course, the company boasts that the DB11 AMR is more engaging to drive too. Aside from the added tweaks, the development team revises the shift calibration for the eight speed automatic and tweaks the suspension setup for sharper handling.

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Lagonda, Aston Martin’s first ever luxury sub-brand, has officially revealed its very first car that is slated to arrive in 2021. First of all, it will be an all-electric SUV.

As of now, there are no concrete details about the car just yet. However, what we know is that it will feature styling that’s an evolution of the Vision Concept that was shown at the Geneva motor show in March.

The Vision Concept was revealed to give us a preview of the Lagonda brand. For years, they have shown concept cars but these have not had a proper production run since 1989 when the Lagonda sedan was canned. Meanwhile, there is also a limited edition hand built sedan called the Taraf, built by Aston Martin in 2014, and was sold for a total of $1 million, and initially only to Middle Eastern customers.

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie is probably the most futuristic looking vehicle that is out today. In fact, it looks like a spaceship on wheels and could perfectly star in a Sci-Fi movie. Having that, it is actually currently being developed by Gaydon, together with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to make it perform even better than it already does.

It’s a limited edition model with only 150 units to be produced. However, every single example has already been accounted for. Now, one future owner of this car revealed to us what he has planned for his vehicle.

The Valkyrie’s style alone is already pretty much out of this planet, as you can see here in 95 percent ready production form. Now, the owner chose to get the Lunar Red paint to finish his car, but with one ingredient the automaker, or the industry has never used before: dust from the Moon.

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There is a lot going on within Aston Martin. Its CEO, Andy Palmer, has a full plate, to say the least. Despite that, he recently just announced that they are planning to deliver a high performance electric vehicle that could go up against the next generation Tesla Roadster.

Palmer also says that it is possible for them to develop an electric vehicle that is smaller and faster than the Vantage, when Auto Express asked about that matter. Furthermore, when asked about challenges involved in making electric vehicles, such as the battery, Palmer responds by saying that Aston Martin is an expert when it comes to making electric vehicles, and the main factors that they need to take account of include elements like “weight, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance”.

He then added that developing electric vehicles will put them at an advantage over other brands like Tesla that promises a lightweight roadster. He reasons that it would be because of the fact that they are already masters at building these components.

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With 1,130 horsepower at its disposal thanks to a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine with a KERS-style electric drivetrain, the new Aston Martin Valkyrie is a highly potent machine on the road and even on the track. It will even be offered as the track-exclusive Aston Martin AMR Pro race car. A stint at the world’s oldest sports car endurance race – the 24 Hours or Le Mans – could be possible in the future for a racing version of the Valkyrie, according to Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer in an interview with Autocar magazine.

Racing at the Le Mans today would seem weird for a track-only version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The track-exclusive AMR Pro version of the Valkyrie has been tweaked – boasting more power and more aerodynamic devices – to deliver a kind of performance near to Formula One racers or Le Mans Prototype units. However, it cannot compete in the top class of the Le Mans – the LMP1 – as restricted by the current rules and regulations set by the motor racing’s governing body, the FIA.

Currently, FIA rules for the Le Mans – in particular the LMP1 category – only allow prototype racers to enter the event. The focus of the Le Mans or any other endurance race is on prototype racers, not relying on just speed, but also reliability and efficiency. This is why hybrid systems have recently become the overall winners of Le Mans’ top category. Since only prototype racers are allowed in the top class, there is no way for a race version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie to participate. After all, the Valkyrie is a road car but with amazing power, and any version based on it becomes a road-derived race car.

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