Aston Martin has revealed what could be the first look at its long-coming replacement for the now 10 year-old DB9 supercar.
Dubbed ‘DB10’, the new supercar concept, which will be driven by superspy James Bond in the coming 24th instalment of the franchise, was revealed overnight by new Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer.
“In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond. I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality,” Palmer said.
Apart from delivering this glimpse of its future, it seems the British carmaker has also arrived at a decision on whether to keep counting its way through history.
Aston executives had previously been at odds on the question of this new model’s name, with ‘DB10’, ‘DBX’ and a continuation of ‘DB9’ all known to be under consideration.
With that conundrum resolved, fans can now move onto a more important matter: admiring this first glimpse at the Aston Martin brand’s new direction.
There’s a clear departure here from the marque’s familiar styling language, but, designed in-house by styling chief Marek Reichman, the DB10 is unquestionably an Aston Martin.
Reichman says the DB10 concept is not a direct preview of the DB9’s successor, but for now, fans will be inclined to speculate.
The trademark eight-point grille is there, but it now sits lower, wrapping around the face of the DB10 and stretching top-to-bottom in a single form.
The new headlights also mark a significant change for the brand, reaching across the face rather than back toward the A-pillars.
As the classiest of all supercar brands, Aston has again eschewed the broad abyss-like vents that dominate the panels of most modern supercars.
For the DB10, the most outspoken accent is a mere nick taken out of the shoulder to act as a brake vent and a signature styling feature.
The profile is likewise a traditional shape, with the familiar long bonnet, back-set cabin and short rear deck keeping the DB10 true to its roots.
There’s a shortened rear overhang and tighter glasshouse design here now, but the sharp pointed D-pillar corner continues.
The rear of the DB10 also hints at a new take on the familiar horseshoe tail-light design, but there's little to be seen in the shadowy unveiling clip.
The concept's shortened appearance could also hint at plans to position the next DB car as a rival to compatriot Jaguar and its new F-Type, although only time will tell what Aston is planning.
Aston has yet to confirm timing for the current DB9’s replacement, but it is likely to hinge on how quickly the company can work its new AMG-sourced engines into the latest generation of its “VH’ architecture.
The new Bond flick, called ‘Spectre’, hits theatres in November 2015. We won’t be surprised if we see more of this DB10 concept before then, and some word on its potential for production.
For now, Aston has confirmed only that it will build 10 of the DB10 cars - although they'll likely all be used in Spectre... so expect most of them to be smashed and bullett-riddled by end of it all.