Aston Martin designed and built ten DB10 cars for the exclusive use in the new Bond film Spectre. A handful of these cars have been touring dealerships across the country and I was lucky enough to be invited along to see one at the Grange dealership in Brentwood. As part of the deal I also got to have a spin in a DB9 GT…
By Ben Attenborough
It was with a certain nervous reverence that I slipped behind the wheel of the exquisite Aston Martin DB9 GT.
It’s not every day of the week you get to have a spin in a £150,000 sports car, and certainly not one as stunning as this one.
I had expected the car to be a bit of a beast with its uprated 6 litre V12 engine. But much like James Bond the car is smooth and charming when cruising along country lanes.
The beautiful interior adds to this feeling of calm sophistication, with its hand-stitched leather and luxuriously comfortable seats which would make it an ideal vehicle for taking on a sojourn to the south of France.
But also like 007 the car can switch at a moment’s notice and give you huge speed and acceleration, backed with perfect control. A simple push of the sport switch and the engine roars into life. The car is not turbo charged or adulterated in any way, which means you get a fantastic noise and consistent power and acceleration whenever you need it.
Petrol heads are sure to be impressed with the engine, which generates 547 PS at 6,750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. For the rest of us that translates as an machine capable of shifting from rest to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and then on to a top speed of 183 mph.
A Bond car wouldn’t be a Bond car if Q hadn’t packed it with gadgets and the new DB9 keeps the tradition going with a new infotainment system. This now features text message integration and a vehicle status display alongside the range of AM, FM, DAB, USB and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Unfortunately the car doesn’t feature an ejector seat or I’d have been sorely tempted to have ditched my minder from the dealership who sat next to me during the trip, and driven all the way down to the Med.
So if you’re in the privileged position of having a spare £150,000 and you’re looking for the ultimate in British-made grand touring luxury it would be hard to see beyond this jewel of a car. It left me feeling like my favourite Martini – stirred, not shaken.
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