The 21st Century Bond Car
Jaguar and Aston Martin will forever be 1a and 1b on the list of British grand tourers, so David Brown Automotive — which, shockingly, bears no relation to the David Brown for whom the DB in DB5 stands — has just merged the two together into one of the sexiest and most stunning pieces of art you can drive today. It’s called the Speedback, and it’s essentially a modern homage to the iconic DB5 from the 1960s on a brand new Jag chassis.
Underneath, it’s basically a Jaguar XKR, so it’s a very rigid aluminum alloy structure with a supercharged 510 hp V8 under the hood. In other words, it’s good for 4.6 seconds to 60 mph, though performance really is secondary to the overall presence of this car. Of course, if your wallet is simply too heavy, they’re more than happy to tune the car to whatever level you desire.
The modern-yet-classic shape is the result of an 18-month design process, headed up by a man who spent over two decades as a designer for Jaguar and Land Rover. Jaguar is literally sending them the basic chassis without a body so that DBA can finish it off with metal that’s hand-formed by traditional British craftsmen.
Inside, it’s a sea of shiny metal, tons of leather, and every bit as much wood as you’d expect from a $400,000 car.
The party piece, however, is in the back. Yes, that’s a picnic seat that folds out from the trunk. Tailgating will never be the same.