Aston Martin's DB9 coupe leaves its pilot shaken and stirred.
An Aston Martin was the original sultry star commandeered by Bond, James Bond, and this new 2005 Aston Martin DB9 is an international machine of beauty. The handcrafted coupe with pushbutton controls hits 0 to 60 in under five seconds.
Sticker price: $155,000.
Available: Now, but plan on spending a year on the waiting list. In the interim, you can look forward to the six-speed manual Graziano and convertible Volante editions.
Backstory: The "DB" stands for David Brown, who bought the firm in 1947 and led it through its golden years, which included a 1959 DBR1 win at Le Mans and the DB5 role in Goldfinger -- although ejector seats and instant oil slicks were never available options.