► Aston Martin DB5 continuation
► With James Bond 007's gadgets!
► Just 25 will be made at £2.75m
Aston Martin has given us an update on its new, old DB5 continuation cars. Last time, we were told about the performance specs, price and build location – but now we’ve got fresh information on the Q Branch gadgets the DB5 will have.
‘The main challenge has been to recreate the gadgets from the film world and transfer them into a consumer product,’ said Bond film special effects genius Chris Corbould OBE. Essentially, these are cars will be more sophisticated than the ones use in the film, as they’ll have to include every gadget – film cars have a handful of gadgets per chassis,.
‘We have licence in the film world to ‘cheat’ different aspects under controlled conditions. For instance, we might have four different cars to accommodate four different gadgets,’ he said. ‘We obviously don't have that luxury on these DB5's as all the gadgets have to work in the same car all the time.’
Here’s what to expect gadget-wise provided everything goes to plan:
- Rear smoke screen delivery system
- Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
- Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
- Simulated twin front machine guns
- Bullet resistant rear shield Battering rams front and rear
- Simulated radar screen tracker map
- Telephone in driver’s door
- Gear knob actuator button
- Arm rest- and centre console-mounted switchgear
- Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
- Optional ejector seat teaser
Everything else you need to know
The DB5 Goldfinger cars will be built in Newport Pagnell – the original car’s production home – and will include a series of ‘functioning gadgets such as revolving number plates and more’ that were made famous in Goldfinger.
Aston sought help from Chris Corbould, the Oscar-winning special effects supervisor from the Bond films, to incorporate the gadgets and has been approved by EON productions.
What the 25 buyers will get is arguably one of Aston’s most memorable cars finished in Silver Birch, just like the 007 car, and complete with a 4.0-litre straight six cranking out 282bhp and 280lb ft for a 0-60mph sprint in 7.1 seconds. The caveat? Just like the DB4 GT continuation project, the Goldfinger-edition DB5s are not road legal.
Andy Palmer, Aston’s CEO, said ‘to own Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy.’
How much? Yours for £2.75m – all those Q Branch gadgets don’t come cheap. The first ones will be delivered in 2020.
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