If there’s something that the James Bond film franchise has spoiled us with aside from the impeccable acting and death defying action scenes, it would have to be 007’s larger than life vehicles. Admit it, you’ve daydreamed about being behind the wheel of those mean machines. So we asked the team at Fabiasports.com to help us come up with a list of Bond’s most unforgettable and iconic rides and here’s what we came up with.
Aston Martin DBS
This British high performance GT sports car was first unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Equipped with a 5,935 cc V12 engine with four valves per cylinder, it produces 510 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 420 lb·ft of torque at 5,750 rpm with a compression ratio of 10.9:1. The vehicle has been featured in elaborate car chase scenes and stunts in both Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). In both instances, the Aston Martin DBS gets totaled but such was the built and durability of this car that the production crew had to greatly improvise to make the shot.
Aston Martin DB5
Known as the ultimate Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 is perhaps the most recognizable of 007’s vehicles especially since it has been featured in 6 films to date namely Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), and Skyfall (2012). The British luxury grand tourer was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and released in 1963. The vehicle comes with a 3,995 cc Inline-6 engine, 282 bhp and 288 lb·ft of torque at 3,850 rpm. But because it’s an MI6 agent’s, it was fictionally given some cool add-ons namely machine guns, an oil sprayer, tire shredders, rotating number plates, a tracking system and, an ejector seat.
Lotus Esprit S1
The Esprit S1 comes in a wedge-shaped fiberglass body mounted on a steel backbone chassis. In terms of power, it’s got the 1,973 cc Lotus 907 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 bhp in European trim, and a Citroën C35 5-speed manual transaxle in its less than 1,000 kg body.
Featured in the Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the Lotus Esprit S1 was the most unique in the sense that it not only kicks dust on the asphalt but it also is the king of the sea says Fabiasport. Yes, you’ve read that right. It turns into a submarine for an underwater boat chase. According to the production design team, the vehicle’s body was reminiscent of that of a submarine which brought the inspiration for it. Cool huh?