Aston Martin launches DB9 GT Bond Edition
Aston Martin is making its 007 connection more explicit than ever with the launch of the DB9 GT Bond Edition.
Limited to 150 examples, the latest addition to the DB9 range is a special edition of what is already a special edition, the GT having gone on sale just weeks ago and described by Aston Martin as the very best of what a DB9 can be.
Aston Martin and Bond have a connection that dates back to 1959, when Ian Fleming put his secret agent behind the wheel of a DB3 for his book, Goldfinger. By the time Sean Connery played the role of Bond in the 1964 film adaptation, the Aston had changed to a DB5, while in the latest instalment, Spectre, Daniel Craig will drive a one-off Aston called the DB10.
To the GT's styling upgrades - namely carbon-fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, 20in wheels and upgraded interior - the Bond edition adds Spectre silver paint (the same shade used for the DB10), sterling silver Aston Martin badges and “007 Bond Edition” exterior badging.
Under the bonnet is the same 6.0-litre V12, tuned to deliver 540bhp and 457lb ft of torque, which will propel the DB9 from 0-62mph in 4.5sec and on to a top speed of 183mph.
The interior is home to numbered sill plaques and “gun barrel embroidery” on the rear seat divider, while the infotainment screen has a Bond-themed start-up graphic.
Sadly there is no ejector seat option, although Aston does supply buyers with a selection of Bond-themed accessories to complement the car, including a Globe-Trotter trolley case and Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition watch.
The DB9 GT Bond Edition costs £165,000, making it £15,000 more expensive than the GT. It is available to order now.