There's a that the Aston Martin DB10, revealed as the real star of the upcoming Bond film SPECTRE, will share a VH platform and engine with the V8 Vantage, rather than a new chassis or a V12 as we'd assumed. We spoke to Aston's Matthew Clarke, and found out that the company's staying mum about powerplant and chassis, but we did learn that Bond will have to shift for himself.
Clarke confirmed that the DB10 will adopt the company's manual transmission, a 6-speed unit currently only seeing duty with the V8 models in the lineup. The manual transmission was specifically requested by the filmmakers. So, that's a hint as to what the gearbox is bolted onto, but not a confirmation.
Aston can confirm that there is no Mercedes-Benz technology in the DB10. That technological partnership looms, but it's off in the future and the DB10 seems thoroughly grounded in current Aston mechanicals. Not a bad thing—the AJV8 is lovely, though not as lovely as the AM28 V12.
The DB10, it turns out, had a very short gestation. It went from initial sketch to SPECTRE premiere in just six months. The design team, lead by Marek Reichman who penned the One-77 as well as the DBS V12 that debuted in Casino Royale, set a company record in turning the DB10 around—the incredibly abbreviated timeline might explain the VH/AJV8 combination. And if it isn't abundantly clear, the DB5 made famous by the original Bond films 50 years ago was in the forefront of their minds.
Aston Martin intends to confirm the drivetrain of the DB10 closer to the movie's release next year, but read between the lines a bit and it should be clear what's under the DB10's skin.