The timing for an independent Aston Martin couldn't be better from a product standpoint, with the road-going version of its DBRS9 GT3 customer racecar, adorned with aggressive Casino Royale-inspired styling, set to debut in concert with the film. The high(er) performance DB9 is reported by AutoWeek to get an uprated 500 hp version of the V12, plus a racecar-inspired lowered suspension with a wider track. For the less adrenalin-addicted customer, the company is readying a new V8 Roadster model, which should hit dealerships in early 2007. (Follow the link for a spyshot portfolio of both new models.)
One cautionary note: under the Ford PAG umbrella, Aston Martin was clearly differentiated from Jaguar as the U.K.'s ultimate luxury sports car builder. Freed of the Aston Martin "glass ceiling," Jaguar could use Ford's resources to move upmarket in direct competition with its former big brother.