Last week's announcement about the movie Spectre and its Aston Martin DB10 have the world excited about James Bond all over again. With this comes some reflecting on his previous rides, namely the famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.

But it's more than just a great movie car, as the latest video from XCAR points out. The timing for this Aston Martin-centric video was kind of a coincidence with the Spectre announcement, but it worked out well.

You may not know that the DB5 had some serious hustle in its day. It boasted 282 horsepower, a zero to 60 mph time of eight seconds flat, and a surprising top speed of 143 mph.

But as Drew Stearne says in the video, none of that matters. It's the timeless design that looks every bit as beautiful today as it did in the 1960s, if not more so. Forget 007. The DB5 stands on its own.


They also test the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition, the pinnacle of everything Aston has achieved until now. It's very, very good, but in the company of its ancestor, it may as well be an Accord Coupe.