Aston Martin DB5 Junior ‘No Time To Die’ Edition Is A Spy Kid’s Dream

You don’t have to be a James Bond fan to appreciate the Aston Martin DB5, but in this case, it’s all about the spy game. As the headline and photos suggest, the convertible featured here isn’t a normal DB5 but a two-third scale electric replica. Aston Martin collaborated with The Little Car Company and EON Productions to build it, hence the name DB5 Junior No Time To Die Edition. Trust us when we say it lives up to the name.

First, we’ll address the pseudo elephant in the room. Bond’s DB5 is a hardtop, and yes, this is a convertible. Actually, it’s a roadster since it has no functioning roof, but that’s by design. Being a miniature version of the real thing, the open-roof Aston is large enough for an adult to fit behind the wheel. That’s significant for reasons we’ll discuss later.

We won’t even try to contain our excitement about the interior. The two-seater faithfully recreates the DB5 greenhouse, but that doesn’t matter because this mini-spy car has actual spy gadgets. Open a secret access panel in the passenger door and you’ll find controls to drop the headlights, activating simulated machine guns. Another button changes the number on a digital license plate. If you need to evade baddies, smoke will shoot out the exhaust. Sadly, there’s no oil slick or ejection seat, or is there? Several secret “easter eggs” are mentioned but not described in detail. Might want to be careful flipping random switches.

Aston Martin DB5 Junior No Time To Die Edition Interior
Aston Martin DB5 Junior No Time To Die Gadgets

Similarly, there’s no mention of just how fast this mini DB5 will go. If you recall, The Little Car Company unveiled a DB5 Junior last year with a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h) but that doesn’t apply here. Being an upgraded version fit for a super spy, the No Time To Die Edition is more powerful. It rides on coilover springs with Bilstein dampers, and Brembo brakes do the stopping. For a miniature replica, it seems no expense was spared in making this the absolute dream machine for kids around the world.

Will kids be driving it though? Therein lies the significant reason we mentioned earlier. This mini DB5 is insanely cool on every level, but only 125 are planned for production and each will cost £90,000. In US currency, that translates to a whopping $123,000, which is more than double last year’s DB5 Junior. In fact, it’s nearly enough to buy a real Vantage, so yeah, we suspect there won’t be many kids driving these around.

Then again, with real (and very rare) DB5 convertibles selling for over $2 million, this is but a drop in the bucket.


Mansory Teases Wild New Body Kits For 911, Aston Martin DBX

Mansory makes wild aftermarket body kits, performance tunes, and other accessories for a range of high-end makes and models. It’s not everyone’s favorite tuner, but it is bold. The company is continuing that tradition by teasing an expansion of its offerings. This week, the company teased two new body kits – one for the Porsche 911 and the other for the Aston Martin DBX.

The tuner didn’t provide any details, though it looks like both body kits will fall in line with the rest of Mansory’s confident styling. Out of the two, the DBX’s looks the most extreme. The teaser shows it wearing wrap-around cladding along the bottom of the body, which is made more pronounced with its fender surrounds and side scoops. The Mansory DBX has not one but two spoilers in the teaser, too, and it looks like it sits lower.


The Porsche 911 looks a bit more subdued, though no-less menacing with its upgraded rocker panels, a new wing, fender intake accents, and other upgrades. The Porsche looks like it will receive front and rear bumper accents, too. Both body kits should offer a selection of unique wheels.

Mansory doesn’t detail any performance upgrades for either model, though there’s little doubt both the Porsche and Aston will be tuned to make several hundred more horsepower than stock if the customer wants. The company will likely offer customers a wide range of interior customization options with a plethora of color choices, as well.

The company published the dual teaser on Facebook with the caption “Stay tuned,” though it didn’t say how long we’ll have to wait. We don’t know when Mansory will reveal either body kit, but we’re excited to see how the final products are different from their stock counterparts. This will be the first time Mansory offers a body kit for the DBX. 


Frank Stephenson Names His Three Personal Favorite Aston Martin Designs

Choosing three of the best Aston Martin designs is no easy task. Thankfully car designer Frank Stephenson is on hand with three of his favorite Aston Martin designs along with a detailed breakdown. Every Aston Martin is pretty which makes this task uniquely difficult. Frank’s expertise and interesting choices lead us through decades of great design that helped define Aston Martin.

First up we have the perfectly sculpted Aston Martin D4 GT Zagato. This interesting Aston Martin had its body sculpted by the Italian craftsmen at Zagato in Italy where they created a brand-defining car. The Aston Martin D4 GT Zagato shows the very early stages of Aston Martin’s brand-defining grille along with an unmistakably Aston Martin greenhouse area. Frank also points out the small details surrounding the rear window and its integration with the rear fender. At first glance, the Aston Martin D4 GT Zagato is undeniably pretty but with Frank’s insights, it becomes much more.

Next up we have the complete opposite of the Aston Martin D4 GT Zagato, welcome to the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Today we expect Aston Martins to have a balance of muscle and classic beauty, but in the 1970s Aston Martin was still trying to find a balance in design language. As Frank points out, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage looks like it could have rolled off an assembly line in Detroit thanks to its unmistakable muscle car looks.

The most modern Aston Martin on the list is the limited production One-77 which saw only 77 units produced in 2021. The One-77 is Frank’s perfect blend of classic beauty and muscle car looks to create a piece of rolling art. The expressive lines and use of a massive front grille mean the One-77 stands out from the crowd.

Which Aston Martin is your favorite? For this author, it’s the DBS that somehow found a way to improve on the DB9’s already good looks.


Full-Size Aston Martin DB5 Toy Goes On Display To Hype ‘No Time To Die’

Aston Martin and James Bond are inextricably linked in pop culture. To hype the upcoming premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die, Aston Martin is recreating the 1965 DB5 toy from the company Corgi but doing it with a full-sized car. The vehicle is on display at Battersea Power Station in London until October 1.

The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car sits inside a massive recreation of the box from the original Corgi toy. It looks just like the model car, except this is one that you could actually drive away, rather than rolling across the floor making “vroom-vroom” sounds.

The DB5 is among four Aston Martins that Bond uses in No Time To Die. He also gets behind the wheel of a V8, a modern DBS, and the forthcoming Valhalla. The video above offers a glimpse at most of them, and the DB5 gets an upgrade to miniguns behind the headlights.

Aston Martin is making just 25 examples of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation. All of them come in the color Silver Birch and have simulated versions of the gadgets from Bond’s car, including fake machine guns at the front. Chris Corbould, the special effects coordinator on No Time To Die contributed to the project to make sure the cars were as close to the super spy’s machine as possible.

No Time To Die was originally supposed to be out in April 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused the studio to delay the premiere until November 2020. Later, the date moved to April 2021. Now, it will be in theaters on September 30 in the United Kingdom and October 8 in the US.

Judging by trailers, the plot of No Time To Die has Bond coming out of retirement to thwart a plot by a villain played by Rami Malek. Along the way, there are lots of gunfights and car chases.


Aston Martin DBX Hybrid Spied For The First Time Near Nurburgring

We know Aston Martin has plans to expand its DBX lineup to include hybrid variants, and a new batch of spy shots gives us a glimpse of what to expect. However, there aren’t any exterior changes at first glance, and you wouldn’t be incorrect to believe this is just a regular DBX. However, the photos show the DBX with a yellow sticker in the rear window, informing Nurburgring fire officials that this SUV has an electrified powertrain.

Earlier this week, Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers revealed that the mild-hybrid DBX would arrive before the end of the year, which is likely the prototype vehicle in the spy shots. We expect Aston to pair a supercharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine with an electric motor, though we don’t have any indication of what its output will be. The AMG-supplied twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 produces 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (699 Newton-meters) of torque.

We doubt this is the plug-in variant because we can only spot the fuel door on the rear quarter panel. The plug-in DBX isn’t expected to arrive until 2023 for the 2024 model year, so it feels a bit premature for Aston to be testing it already. This model will pair the DBX’s V8 with an electric motor to produce as much as 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts), with its peak output capable of reaching 800 hp (596 kW).

The mild-hybrid version, spotted testing near the famous race track, will be one of several DBX variants Aston will offer by 2024, which could include a seven-seat model or something even sportier. The SUV is pivotal to the brand’s future success, as it accounts for more than half of the brand’s global sales less than a year after it entered production. SUVs are popular right now, and giving customers more powertrain choices only makes Aston’s products more appealing to a broader and broader audience.


Aston Martin DBX Family Could Grow To Six Members

The Aston Martin DBX went into production last summer and just a year later, it’s already accounting for more than half of the brand’s global sales. The SUV is definitely the key to Aston’s success and future stability, and the automaker’s CEO Tobias Moers is well aware of that fact. In a recent interview, he admitted a number of additional DBX derivatives are coming in the next three years to keep the demand high.

Speaking with Motor Trend, Moers confirmed the first new version will be released before the year’s end in the form of a mild-hybrid DBX. It will use an electrified 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox channeling power to all four wheels.

Next year, the DBX family will be expanded with the addition of a performance-oriented model. It won’t be an AMR-branded vehicle, though, as “we’re not going to use AMR as a brand because there is no need for a sub-brand because Aston Martin is a performance brand.” The powertrain range will be complemented with a plug-in hybrid version in 2023 using a Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8 engine.

But there won’t be just new powertrain options, as Moers admitted Aston Martin needs “different body styles, more bang-on performance, a more aggressive body style, things like that.” If we have to translate the cooperative language, Moers is probably referring to a potential “coupe” version of the DBX and other body styles. Most likely, we’ll see the new additions in 2023 and 2024.

In total, Aston Martin will offer its customers five or six DBX versions by 2024. There are rumors for a seven-seat model, and Moers hinted about it by saying “you can think about being more luxurious, spacious, and you can think about being more sporty.” With more than 1,500 deliveries in about 12 months, and a slew of additional variants coming, the DBX will surely remain the brand’s most important model in terms of sales.


Aston Martin Vantage Spied With V12 Possibly Under The Hood

Aston Martin is prepping a hotter version of the Vantage. According to our spies, the engine doesn’t sound like the existing, Mercedes-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This immediately leads to speculation that a V12 powerplant could be under the hood of the Vantage again.

This vehicle wears a V-shaped covering with openings along the tip of the hood. This suggests there’s an updated panel underneath with various vents or inlets. These holes could be for letting heat out of the engine bay if there’s a big V12 under there. They could also be for getting cool air to the intake, depending on their design.

An updated lower fascia has an outline with sharper edges. Plus, there are new vents on the outer corners that are probably for getting air to the brakes for keeping them cool.

Aston Martin also adds extended fender flares to the rear. At the back, the company moves the exhaust pipes to the center. The rear fascia appears to be a placeholder piece because the holes for the exhausts are still visible at the outer corners.

Aston Martin previously said that its V12 was able to fit into the current-gen Vantage, but the automaker was worried that the big mill could have upset the vehicle’s balance. 

We would expect the new V12 Vantage to use the brand’s twin-turbo 5.2-liter engine. It makes 630 horsepower (470 kilowatts) in the DB11 or 715 hp (533 kW) in the DBS.

It’s not clear when the new V12 Vantage might arrive. There’s still plenty of time this year for the hotter model to arrive.

Aston Martin already confirms that the next generation of the Vantage and DB11 get fully electric powertrains. The first of them arrive in 2025. Although, the company isn’t yet saying which of these EVs is coming first.


Aston Martin Says It Has Enough AMG V8 Engines To Support Demand

Due to supply shortage and other external factors, almost all of Mercedes-AMG’s V8 models will sit out the upcoming 2022 model year. This difficult situation will thankfully not affect Aston Martin who uses Mercedes-AMG sourced V8s across its model lineup. Aston Martin told Car and Driver that they have plenty of V8s to satisfy the growing demand for Aston Martin’s across the globe.

In 2021 it’s harder than ever to find and purchase a V8-powered vehicle. Thanks to stricter emissions regulations, increasing fuel costs, and now supply shortages, auto manufacturers are feeling the pressure. Large multi-billion dollar companies can only do so much to keep V8 engines on dealership lots and in the case of Mercedes-AMG, it is about to face some tough times.

Car enthusiasts may see V8s as exciting performance engines, which is correct, but for Mercedes-AMG customers, they also represent a prestigious purchase. The AMG version of a vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz lineup is a way for customers to purchase the very best version of the vehicle they desire and a massive profit center for the German luxury brand.

Mercedes-AMG confirmed that for the 2022 model year you will not be able to purchase a Mercedes-AMG powered by a V8 outside of the Maybach G-Wagon lineup. This also holds true for Aston Martin who stated they have all the V8s they need to keep production moving along. So if you want a Mercedes-AMG V8 all you need to do is purchase a new V8-powered Aston Martin.

Aston Martin sold around 2500 V8-powered vehicles powered by the Mercedes-AMG V8 so it’s not a huge quantity to engines to supply. This stability in Aston Martin’s lineup is critical to help the luxury brand continue to grow even in these uncertain times.


Aston Martin Partners With Director Luca Guadagnino For DBX Video

Aston Martin puts a little Hollywood into the new campaign for the DBX that stars award-winning British actor Josh O’Connor, probably best known as playing Prince Charles on The Crown. Behind the camera, there’s Italian director Luca Guadagnino who has a career that includes Call Me by Your Name and the Suspira remake.

The stylish, yet enigmatic video is split between O’Connor driving the DBX and his exploration of Sicily, including a villa and the natural landscape. Aston Martin says that it is supposed to seem dream-like, and the clip succeeds at that.

“We have created this movie in which we focus on a man and his mind, as well as his command of a car through a great landscape,” said director Luca Guadagnino.

The DBX in the video is in the color Minotaur Green, which fits well with the natural setting in the video. Inside, the crossover is light ivory to create a stark color contrast with O’Connor’s all black clothing.

For the 2022 model year, Aston Martin is adding new 23-inch wheel designs for the DBX. The company also started offering the crossover in Vibrant Coral pink, at least from the Aston Martin Newport Beach dealer.

Aston is also working on three additional variants of the DBX. A plug-in hybrid powertrain will join the range in 2024, and it will allegedly use an electrically assisted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making between 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts) and 800 hp (597 kW).

There will also be a hybrid V6. Although, its specs aren’t yet available.

A V12 will allegedly join the lineup that will reportedly wear an AMR badge

Aston Martin has also said a seven-seat variant of the DBX was under consideration. At the other end of the spectrum, a variant with a coupe-like rear could happen, too.


Frank Stephenson Finds Aston Martin Valhalla Design Borderline Perfect

Having made an official and full debut in production form about a month ago, the Aston Martin Valhalla is surely the hot topic when it comes to the much-loved British manufacturer these days. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering with a twin-turbo V8 engine supported by a pair of electric engines. There’s so much more to it than just the hybrid powertrain, though, and even famous designer Frank Stephenson praises its design in his latest video. If you’ve been following his new YouTube channel, you’ll probably know that he is more often criticizing than praising new designs.

The designer of the original BMW X5 makes a quick comparison with the Valhalla concept and then starts his overview of the supercar from the front three-quarter with “absolutely striking proportions” and “a wonderful combination of engineering and design.” Of course, not everything is perfect and Stephenson proposes a slightly smaller grille with a sharper set of headlights and different side mirrors.

“Moving on to the side, there are a few things on the side of the car that I perhaps would readdress and, whether or not it’s going to look better, it’s obviously subjective. But I’m not going to mess with the aerodynamics, I am only going to address the aesthetic side a bit in a way that perhaps would not mess with the aerodynamics.” This is how Stephenson introduces us to a few more little changes he makes to the side profile of the car, though – as he notices – these are just small tweaks.

At the end of the video, Stephenson gives the car a result of 9.91 points out of 10 as he likes the Valhalla a touch more than the Bugatti Bolide. This puts the British supercar in second place right behind the designer’s favorite modern car. No, it’s not a performance car.