It was Ian Fleming’s seventh James Bond novel Goldfinger in 1959, in which the enduring romance between 007 and Aston Martin was born. Fleming wrote that the British spy drove an Aston Martin DB3 while driving through Europe on the hunt for notorious villain Auric Goldfinger. In the movie, Sean Connery drove a DB5, but it didn’t matter. Aston Martin was the superspies’ car. The DB5 returned in Thunderball, Goldeneye, the other Pierce Brosnan ones and of course Skyfall. Yes, to fans, the DB5 was the ultimate Bond car.

But in Casino Royale, Bond drove around in the new era of Astons. Lighter Aston’s, stealthier looking. It was the Aston Martin DBS that connected old buyers to a newer generation and not without reason. The car combined old legacy features with its perfect new design and was arguably the most beautiful next-gen car they ever built, even more so than the new Aston Martin DB11.

With the DB11, Aston distanced itself a little further from its trademark features. Yes, the grill is still there, but the rear could be that of a Lamborghini. An Aston looking like a Lambo?! Would Ian still have chosen it then for his British spy? Maybe not the coupe, but he must have admitted, the convertible, or Volante as Aston calls it, looks damn fine.

But hey, forget about looks for a while, because you do get a lot of bang for your buck. As the boys from Autovisie found out, “the Volante will get 2 types of engines. The 4.0 Litre V8 and the glorious 5.2 litre V12 with 607 brake horsepower. The coupe version will set you back €230.000 which means the Volante will be a minimum of €250.000.” But you still have time to start saving up those hard-earned Euros lads, because the Aston DB11 Volante will not hit the market until the Spring of 2018.