James Bond OHMSS Aston Martin Superleggera Limited Edition
The V12 Aston Martin Superleggera is a company flagship model, and as such will always be afforded much consideration and respect. So a new model should always be interesting; and this James Bond inspired special edition is just such a car.
It might be a bit of a clumsy mouthful of a name, but the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera (it’ll be in the distance by the time you’ve announced to an unwitting friend that you’ve just seen one coming down the road) is called so for a reason, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of the film of that name in 1969. The car will be resplendent in the same shade of olive green that the 1969 Aston DBS had.
The original DBS also featured briefly in the next Bond film, the much better known Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – the sole outing for George Lazenby as Bond – the DBS is probably best remembered for the end sequence where it is adorned with flowers for the wedding. It didn’t actually feature in too many action sequences. On the new model, the front grille bears a resemblance to the original, with 6 horizontal vanes, giving a further link to the 1969 DBS along with the unique and very classy looking paint job.
Apart from the paint, your eyes will be naturally drawn to those striking spider’s web alloys, diamond-turned and highly intricate and no doubt an eventual nightmare to keep clean once the initial excitement of ownership has worn off. As you might expect, the OHMSS DBS Superleggera features oodles of carbon-fibre, while the interior is kitted out with red pinstriped black leather and some Alcantara – plus some nice badging that is sure to start a conversation with those who become your passengers. If that doesn’t get the conversation flowing, then a bespoke optional drinks case designed for the boot certainly should.
The Bond inspired Superleggera doesn’t come with any engine power upgrades, but that shouldn’t disappoint too much, as the DBS is already equipped with a powerful twin-turbo V12 5.2-litre engine pushing out 715bhp.
Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer at Aston, has said that he enjoys the challenge of coming up with a Bond 007 movie themed Aston Martin; something that keeps the legacy and respect of both marques in good shape.
If you want to get your hands on one, then you need to act fast as only 50 (naturally enough) will be built at a cost of £300,007. I’m tempted to say it’s worth the money for the colour alone.