Sexy and confident as Connery, but appropriately muscled up like Daniel Craig, Aston Martin's 007-mobile, a supercar dubbed One-77, makes its Geneva debut today. In the utmost proper British fashion, Aston claims the car "will be on display as an exposé throughout the show detailing the quintessence of Aston Martin engineering and design expertise."
Hand-rolled aluminum panels outside conceal a carbon-fiber monocoque struture within. An ultra-exotic inboard suspension, like that used on Grand Prix racecars, reduces unsprung weight and improves packaging efficiency. In addition, once owners take possession of their One-77s, they may request that Aston engineers tailor the suspension to their particular tastes and driving styles.
A naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V-12 will generate in excess of 700 hp, features a dry-sump oil reservoir mounted low to keep center of gravity as close to the road as possible, and brings Aston's front-mid engine placement further rearward for optimal vehicle balance. The engine is being co-developed with Cosworth and despite being a larger version of the V-12s in the DBS, DB9, and Vantage V12, weight reductions of around 25 percent have been achieved.
Exotic, too, are brakes and tires; the former are composed of a carbon ceramix matrix, the latter are Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres developed specifically for the One-77 (255/35 ZR20 front, 335/30 ZR20 rear).
One surprise is an automated manual transmission that features only one clutch in a world where dual-clutches are the latest and greatest. For racing, no doubt the SMG will crack off instantaneous shifts, but dual-clutches give up no performance while yielding more suave behavior when escaping enemies is traded for boulevard cruising.
0-60 mph is a claimed 3.5 seconds and top-speed is in excess of 200 mph.