Dave Helm, sales and marketing director of Blue Logic, turns James Bond for the morning and goes for the greatest ride of his life.
It can only be described as a dream to be asked by BQ Magazine to test drive an Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition, and from the beginning, the experience was as you could imagine… exhilarating.
Arriving at the courtyard, a row of Aston Martins - including a DB10 from the new Bond movie, Spectre - lined up like a regiment of soldiers standing proud. Catching a first glimpse of the sleek DB9’s dark silver body that I was to drive, I was instantly impressed by the sheer class and style that oozed from it. It had a presence that would stop any man in their tracks.
Opening the perfectly weighted door and slipping inside into the driver’s seat, I saw that the fine details have been well thought out and executed to the highest of standards; the paddle shifts were elegantly wrapped in leather, the stitching detail throughout the car highlighted the classically fluted leather seats and door panels, and the display screen glistened.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find the Bond gadgets, such as the rocket launcher, however that might have been for the best.... But the car had been fitted with the latest mod cons, from satellite navigation and cruise control to front and rear parking sensors and automatic temperature control.
Everything you would expect from a modern day supercar. The real beauty of this prestigious car lay under the bonnet; the 6L V12 engine took it to a whole new level, with the ability to accelerate from 0 – 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. Pressing the ignition button brought the car to life, the engine awakened with a roar and settled into a low and throaty burble, as the dashboard lit up and the car was ready to be driven.
As with all Bond films there are always two sides to the story and the DB9 followed suit as a perfect example of two halves making a whole. The GT side, designed to retain maximum comfort during long journeys, with relaxed suspension, easy to handle steering and seats made to fit around a body perfectly.
The impression I had from my driving experience, was that this dream car would easily maintain its comfort levels on a trip to the South of France and back. On the flip side, once the ‘sports mode’ was activated by pressing a single button, the car truly transformed. Just as an animal trapped in the cage would jump at the chance to be set free, you can feel an instant shift in power, responsiveness and noise.
The steering stiffened, the suspension tightened, the throttle became more sensitive and the engine valves opened to allow the car to go from elegant and comfortable, to utterly exciting and extra special. Overall the car is the epitome of enhanced luxury with an edge of speed, and anyone would be lucky to have the opportunity to drive one, let alone be the owner.
The Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition would most definitely be one of the top cars on my list, if I had that money to spend. Although I think it’s going to take more than a car to make me feel like James Bond.
The car Dave drove was an Aston Martin DB9 GT Coupe. On the road from £142,500 inc. on the road fees.
The success of James Bond’s latest adventure, Spectre, has meant a busy end to the year at renowned Yorkshire car business JCT600.
The family-run firm, which now sells 18 of the world’s most iconic brands at 50 locations throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East, is expecting its busiest quarter of the year as Aston Martin fans are lured in by the DB10 built specially for the film. “The film and the Aston Martin have created an immense amount of excitement among owners and non-owners,” said JCT600’s head of business Mark Hill.
“Being able to bring Bond driver Mark Higgins and the DB10 to Leeds created just the sort of dream event we are known for, with the exclusivity and accessibility our customers expect what they are buying such remarkable cars.”
Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that we have 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.” Production has been strictly limited to ten of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built by the designers, engineers and highly skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.
JCT600 was established by Edward Tordoff and two other partners in 1946 as Tordoff Motors Ltd, trading as ‘Brooklands Garage’ on Sticker Lane Bradford. In 1950 his son Jack Crossley Tordoff, then aged 15, joined the company as an apprentice mechanic and in 1958 bought all the shares from the two original partners.
Three years later he bought a Mercedes 600 bearing the registration number ‘JCT600’ and the name has been at the forefront of the trade ever since.