Car and Driver tests several Bond cars and is left underwhelmed. It turns out they may have actually used special effects in the production of these films!
There are two ways James Bond’s cars are portrayed in film: seductively sitting still (often draped with beautiful women) or blazing across the screen in some of the most exciting car-chase sequences ever made for the big screen. But in many cases, there’s got to be some serious lens trickery going on: upon reviewing our test data for some of James Bond’s coolest cars, we found that not only are Bond’s rides seldom the fastest cars of their time, some of them couldn’t catch a bad guy on a bicycle. This could explain why some of those chase scenes take so long.
In any case, enjoy some of my favorites. The rest can be found here.
Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger (1964)
- 4.0-liter inline-6 (282 hp, 288 lb-ft)
- 0–60 mph: 8.1 seconds
- Quarter-mile: N/A
BMW 750iL – Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- 5.4-liter V-12 (322 hp, 361 lb-ft)
- 0–60 mph: 6.3 seconds
- Quarter-mile: 14.8 @ 98 mph
BMW Z8 – The World is Not Enough (1999)
- 4.9-liter V-8 (394 hp, 369 lb-ft)
- 0–60 mph: 4.5 seconds
- Quarter-mile: 13.0 @ 111 mph
Aston Martin Vanquish – Die Another Day (2002)
- 5.9-liter V-12 (460 hp, 400 lb-ft)
- 0–60 mph: 4.4 seconds
- Quarter-mile: 12.9 @ 115 mph