George Lazenby might’ve been criticised for his role role in the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service upon its release in 1969, but few can do the same to the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera OHMSS special edition.
To be fair, Lazenby’s popularity has increased since ’69, and the rarity of the incoming special Astons is likely to do the same. 50 will be built, with Aston announcing a £300,007 retail price.
Underneath, the OHMSS is essentially standard DBS Superleggera. A twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 putting out a massive 533kW and 900Nm, with a 0-100km/h taking a claimed 3.5 seconds. It does, however, weigh 1693kg.
But it’s the design of these 50 cars which will attract the most interest, the Olive Green inspired by that of the original DBS from the film, and the interior finished in black leather with red accents (inspired by the red trimmed glovebox in the original car) and special OHMSS badging and stitching.
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Perhaps most notable are the 21-inch OHMSS-specific ‘snowflake’ wheels, designed to mimic the spokes of the original car without breaking its elegant 21st century design.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the link between Bond and Aston is too strong to have been able to ignore the anniversary.
“Aston Martin is synonymous with James Bond and the DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has provided great inspiration to the team tasked with creating this very special edition.
“This new DBS Superleggera will be an extremely distinguished ‘brute in a suit’, designed to capture the essence of the iconic DBS from the 1969 film but with a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, 715bhp engine!”
Aston’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman echoes his CEO’s excitement for the project, and his ‘brute in a suit’ comment.
“Creating a James Bond special edition is always an exciting challenge as we work to create a car that embodies the legend of James Bond, and the original movie car.
“The DBS Superleggera is a muscular car that commands attention, but the Olive Green gives it a subtlety that belies the beast beneath.”
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While there’s no promise of any showing up on local shores, examples of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are arriving, including one which MOTOR has driven. Stay tuned.
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