Despite that, the DB10 is clearly trying to tell us plenty about Aston’s new design direction. Its tight proportions and very short rear overhang mean it looks closer in size to the Vantage than the DB9, and we’ve also heard that it uses the existing V-8 engine rather than the V-12. But as the name suggests, the DB10 also drops some very broad hints about the look of the first of Aston’s new models, the DB9 replacement we’re expecting to see in 2016, which will feature both a new aluminum architecture and Mercedes-sourced AMG power. Expect the front end and headlights—which are similar to those of the one-off CC100 concept from last year—to make the transition to production models almost.
Although Aston is the company best associated with James Bond’s film cars, Sean Connery having first driven a DB5 in 1965’s Goldfinger, it’s fair to say that Britain’s most famous spy has flirted with plenty of other carmakers. In the original Ian Fleming novels, he started off driving a vintage Bentley, and by the 1970s he was seen in everything from a sun-aquatic Lotus Esprit to an AMC Hornet. The less said about his later dalliance with BMW, the better; it was a partnership that included the luckless Pierce Brosnan having to drive a Z3 in Goldeneye.
Spectre will be released in November 2015, so we can expect plenty more details to emerge in the meantime.