► Aston to launch 007 special edition
► Another run-out DB9, based on GT
► Limited to 150, with Omega watch
Aston Martin has succumbed to the inevitable and launched a James Bond special edition car, after five decades of working with the world's most famous spy on the silver screen. It's essentially a run-out special edition to coincide with the launch of new Bond movie Spectre on 26 October 2015.
The new 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition is based on the existing GT recently unveiled and will match that car's 540bhp power output from the 6.0-litre V12. This explains the 183mph top speed and 0-62mph claim of 4.5sec. Just 150 of the 007 specials will be built, at a cost of £165,000 each.
Click here to see the new Aston DB10 in the Spectre trailer.
So you get ejector seats and missiles on the Bond DB9?
Not quite... But you do get Spectre Silver paintwork, sterling silver Aston badges front and rear and some natty/naff (delete as appropriate) 007 Bond Edition badges. A mixture of stealth black carbonfibre and shiny brightwork trims the car and its 20-inch diamond-turned alloys.
The Bondage continues inside: numbered plaques feature the 007 logo, the gun barrel is embroidered into the rear seat divider to keep kids in the back happy and there's a reference to the spy on the touchscreen at start-up. You have been warned.
A Bond watch too
The best bit of this particular DB9 might just be the watch. Each owner will get the official Bond watch: an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m James Bond Limited Edition timepiece.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: ‘Aston Martin and James Bond are intrinsically linked in the minds of many of our enthusiasts and, indeed, owners, worldwide. In the run-up to the launch of the new film, Spectre, which sees Bond behind the wheel of the DB10, we are very happy to be able to celebrate the partnership with this superb limited edition DB9 GT collector’s item.’