Aston Martin and James Bond share a long-lasting relationship spanning decades, and to showcase this Aston Martin’s bespoke division – Q by Aston Martin has made a limited number of their Vantage and DBS models. Only 100 Vantage 007 Edition models will be built, priced at £161,000 to celebrate and remind us of the original V8 Vantage seen in 1987’s James Bond film The Living Daylights. The DBS, on the other hand, will be even rarer with only 25 DBS Superleggera 007 Editions being built to mark the release of the latest James Bond film – No Time To Die – in November later this year, and it will cost an eye-watering £279,025.
Aston Martin’s affiliation with the James Bond franchise dates back to 1965 and to celebrate their outstanding and long-lasting history together. A toast to their latest James Bond film set to release in November Aston Martin wanted to make some extraordinary and limited editions of their flagship models.
The Vantage will be painted with authentic Cumberland Grey exterior paint, and the interior will be covered in obsidian black leather and dark chrome along with 007 brandings present along with the centre console in the cars that are equipped with a manual gearbox. Alongside this, the sun visors will also have a James Bond trivia a subtle film reference to the movie The Living Daylights being an embroidered radio station frequency – 96.60 FM – which was the Russian police frequency Bond used to help him escape in the film. The seats will also be embroidered with the “f cello holes” that was present in the chase scene in the 1980s James Bond movie The Living Daylights in which Timothy Dalton tightly holds onto a cello to make sure that it is unharmed during the chase. The seats themselves will then be finished in beautiful carbon fibre, giving a modern yet classy touch to the interior. Best of all though is the laser-etched gadget plaque that is found on the centre console, and this features the gimmicky James Bond toys and gadgets used throughout the movies ranging from rocket motor, missiles, lasers, a targeting display and ski outriggers. Crosshairs are also etched onto the car’s paddle shift gear levers which reflect the missile guidance system seen in the movie as well.
The DBS, on the other hand, will be painted in Ceramic Grey exterior paint, where the roof, mirror caps, splitter, diffuser and rear Aeroblade are finished in black tinted carbon fibre. Along with this, limited to the 007 Edition, Gloss Black diamond-turned Y-Spoke 21 inch wheels will also be outfitted to the DBS. The fenders will be finished with a 007 fender badge in chrome with a black enamel infill and stainless steel silver 007 foil applied to the rear spoiler blade.
The interior, however, features a dark, focused and pronounced scenery with red detailing and stitching outlined on the seats. 007 branding can also be found on the door cards, armrest buckle badge and the rear subwoofer cover. To make the buyers feel even special, the DBS will be finished with a sill plaque that showcases to the owner that it is one of just 25 DBS Superleggera 007 Editions.
Power outputs for both the Vantage and DBS remain unchanged, but this doesn’t mean that they are underpowered at all, the Vantage is equipped with a striking Mercedes 4.0 litre-twin turbo-charged V8 that produces 503bhp and achieving 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 195mph. The DBS Superleggera is fused with a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 outputting 715bhp and 900Nm of torque with 0-62mph reached in under 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 212mph. Both of the cars have more than enough power to catch, escape and outrun any villain they come across.