Moviegoers and automotive enthusiasts alike are going nuts over the Aston Martin DB10 that’s featured in Spectre. While many have assumed that the vehicle is a product of movie magic, the reality is it previews what future Aston Martins will look like.
This wonderful piece of news comes from an interview Jay Leno did with Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer and design director, during an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
Leno gets to drive and own all kinds of cool cars, but the DB10 clearly wowed him. Besides featuring a design language that is almost too good to be true, the car nut and comedian was impressed with how well the Aston Martin drives. Reichman revealed that during the filming of Spectre, the car actually had to be outfitted with different tires, because the stunt crew couldn’t drift the vehicle.
Based on the V8 Vantage, the DB10 packs a real punch with a 4.7-liter V-8 that cranks out a healthy 420 horsepower. Even better, the car has a manual transmission, something that overjoyed Leno when he took the wheel. Only ten of the cars were made, with eight used in filming and two retained as show models.
The appearance of the car is all about conveying power, without being too over-the-top. The message is conveyed through design elements such as the wide hips and falling waistline – two things that have never been used on a production Aston Martin. Reichman commented that such features will be used on future models, signaling a shift in the brand’s design language.
The holes in the hood, which are barely noticeable from a distance, likely won’t replace the louvres that normally help to vent the engine compartment, since Reichman said the approach was used for on-screen appeal only. Unfortunately, the wheels on the DB10 will be exclusive to Spectre, but certain elements from them could be applied to some production wheels at some point.