IT’S BEEN A hot minute since Acura launched a truesupercar. The last time we saw a salacious, ceiling-smashing, mortgage-busting two-seater from Honda’s upscale outfit, Ayrton Senna and McLaren were dominating Formula One.
LET’S GET THE Bentayga’s specs out of the way first, because they’re mind-boggling. A top speed of 187 mph. Zero to 60 mph in four seconds. A leviathan 6-liter twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine that produces 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. A sticker price starting at $230,000.
Hollywood director Sam Mendes doesn’t usually design high-performance sports cars. But he made an exception for James Bond. Mendes, who directed the latest 007 franchise film (in theaters November 6), worked with legendary auto designer Marek Reichman to create the movie’s signature vehicle: the Aston Martin DB10. Their aesthetic goal: “It had to have the look of the character driving it,” says Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer. “It had to have a predatory nature.”