Well Mr. Bond …which is your favorite car? We couldn’t actually ask Bond, so these are just our favorite Bond cars in order from 10 to 1. Aston Martin has had cars represented more than any other make, so you would imagine they are a favorite to win……..read on to find out which are our Top 10 James Bond Movie Cars.
The makers of 2015’s new James Bond movie SPECTRE have whetted our appetites for the 007 car chases with a preview video of the new Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 in action.
10. BMW Z8 – The World Is Not Enough
The Z8 had the engine from the M5, a V8 with 400 hp and 395 lb ft but weighed 500 lbs less. 0-60 was dispatched in a mere 4.5 seconds, pretty fast for 15 years ago. Dynamically the Z8 chassis was flawed but it still remains a classic.
Sticker price of the Z8 was $135,304 and only 400 were available in the US.
9. Renault 5 Turbo – Never Say Never Again
The Renault 5 Turbo 2 was a crazy 3 door hatchback with a mid mounted engine delivering power to the rear wheels.
It’s power came from a turbocharged 1.4 liter engine, 4 cylinders and 2 valves per cylinder. The output was 160 hp at 6000 rpm, and maximum torque of 163 lb-ft 3250 rpm. The engine delivered its power through to the wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox. Claimed top speed was 130 mph.
8. Land Rover Defender – Skyfall
The Land Rover Defender is an iconic off-road vehicle and forms the benchmark for all modern four-wheel-drives. There are 9 specification levels that are available (sadly not in the US) across the entire Defender range including a pick up and soft top versions. The Defender is to be replaced soon and let’s hope it will be available in the US.
7. Sunbeam Alpine Series II – Dr. No
The Sunbeam Alpine Series II was a sporty two-seat open car from the Rootes Group’s with a standard 4 cylinder engine. The Series II of 1962 featured an enlarged 1592 cc engine producing 80 hp and revised rear suspension. Performance was certainly not fast but it could reach a top speed of 98.6 mph. Acceleration from 0–60 mph took 13.6 seconds.
6. Ford Mustang Mach I – Diamonds Are Forever
Bond is driving Tiffany Case’s Ford Mustang through the streets of Las Vegas. What follows is a chase once he gets spotted by the Sheriff and a high tension chase results culminating in Bond driving the Mustang on 2 wheels to escape. In 1971 the most powerful version had a 7.0 liter V8 with 370hp.
5. Aston Martin DBS V12 – Casino Royale
Bond drives the Aston Martin DBS, the successor of the Vanquish, in Casino Royale. Escaping in the Aston the stunt team barrel-rolled the car a record breaking 7 times. Under he hood it has a 5.9L V12 making 510 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 420 ft lb of torque @ 5,750 rpm
After Casino Royal 7 DBS cars were used to film the sequences in Quantum of Solace.
4. Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy who Loved Me
Wet Nellie was a custom-built submarine, created for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me in the shape of a Lotus Esprit S1 sportscar. The producers wanted to go big and create a spectacular chase on land, in the air and in the water. The road going Lotus Esprit S1 had a mid-engined 2.0-litre engine that was shared with the Eclat and Elite and produced 160hp.
3. Ferrari F55 GTS – Goldeneye
The F 355 GTS is driven by Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), who pulls alongside Bond as he’s driving through the mountains in Southern France and the race is on. It’s a bit far fetched as in real life a DB5 could never keep up with a 355. The F355 GTS has a 3.5-liter DOHC five-valve-per-cylinder, all-aluminum V-8, and a transverse six-speed gearbox. With 375 horsepower at 8250 rpm and 268 pound-feet of torque at 6000 rpm it runs to 60 in 4.9 seconds.
2. Aston martin DB5 – Goldfinger
Probably the most iconic car in any of the Bond films and what a shocker, we didn’t place it number one on our list. True, the gadgets were great, especially the ejector seat and the DB5 remains one of the prettiest cars ever made. It sported a 4.0-liter inline-6 with 282 hp and 288 lb-ft anbd did the run from 0–60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
1. Toyota 2000GT Convertible, You Only Live Twice
In You Only Live Twice we saw the exquisite Toyota 2000GT. It was no ordinary 2000GT, but a convertible, one of two ever built (both of which were made specifically for this fifth James Bond film). It sported a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 150 hp and 130 lb-ft; went from o–60 mph in 8.2 seconds and did the quarter-mile in 16.3 seconds @ 87 mph. It is our favorite Bond car…..what’s yours?