James Bond films are perhaps the very reason many of us are so mad about anything with four wheels. Though some may be more fond of the uber-cool submersible Lotus Esprit, there’s no denying that the 007 poster car is Aston Martin’s DB5. In this edition of car pictures from issue 272, we take to the wheel at the marque’s Silverstone testing facility.
Fresh from the set of upcoming Bond film No Time To Die, this is no ordinary DB5, but one built from the ground up by Aston Martin’s crack team of special operations boffins. Developed and assembled in a mind-boggling six-month timeframe, it features a bespoke space-frame chassis, quick-swap, 3D-scanned carbonfibre body panels, and the powertrain from an E46 M3. So yes, it’s a replica, but is that a bad thing?
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Today’s market demands big numbers, from grip, to power, and even wheel dimensions. The result is not one we’re often fond of, but this stunt car takes an entirely different approach. Some 348bhp and a modest 269lb ft of torque come from the same S54 NA straight-six you’ll find in an E46 M3, offering up a sub-5-second 0-62mph time – though certainly no slouch, straight-line speed wasn’t high on the agenda, however.
A 1000kg kerb weight makes for a 300bhp-per-ton power-to-weight figure, not dissimilar to that of a Porsche 911 GT3. Combine this with a mechanical LSD, a six-speed manual gearbox, Prodrive-developed rally-spec suspension and skinny Avon historic rubber, might it just be one of the world’s best driving machines?
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.