British super agent James Bond's new Aston Martin DBS links elements of the DB9 road car with the DBR9 GT racer.
But that's all Aston Martin and the producers of the new Bond movie, Casino Royale, are saying - for now. Bond will drive the car in the film which is based on thhe first James Bond book, published by the late Ian Fleming in 1953.
Aston Martin's design director, Marek Reichman, says the car "signals an evolutionary development of Aston Martin's world renowned style and elegance."
"While hinting at our future design direction, the DBS also has very clear links with our heritage. It is instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin."
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, says the DBS doesn't have the "understated elegance of a DB9, nor the youthful agility of the
V8 Vantage. It is explosive power in a black tie and has its own unique character which will equal that of James Bond."
Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Casino Royale is scheduled for release in November, 2006.
Aston Martin's association with Bond began in 1965 with a DB5 that Sean Conneryt drove in the move, Goldfinger. Among its attributes were an ejection seat and fender-mounted forward-firing guns.
Bond also used an Aston in Die Another Die.