Oh, the horrible puns… After announcing the Valkyrie hypercar and the DBX crossover, Aston Martin makes a dive for the underwater market niche with a limited edition $4m submarine
No, we’re not even going to start with the 007 puns (“No Mr Bond, I expect you to dive…” Sorry.) because the folks from Gaydon aren’t joking around – Aston Martin has actually teamed up with a Florida-based submarine manufacturer to launch a four-million-dollar, well, submarine…
The limited-edition Project Neptune is the ultimate weekend toy, if you absolutely must go wheel-less, and production will start later this year. So it’s very real, and we checked and it isn’t April 1st.
Aston Martin designed the thing, and did the three-seater leather interior, while the actual submarine manufacturer will manufacture them based on the company’s flagship Triton 3300/3 model.
Weighing over eight tonnes, Project Neptune is about the length of a small hatchback but it’s also three meters wide, and it has the capability of diving to a depth of 500 metres. The Floridians say this is the sub that gave man our first encounter with the giant squid underwater, but it’s more than squid you’ll be catching in one of these at the yacht club.
Aston Martin’s design boss Marek Reichman likened Project Neptune to a sportscar, because drag is still a dynamic obstacle to overcome whether you’re peacocking down the boulevard in a convertible or whirring about under the sea.
“As with the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the hyper-car we are developing with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, we have afforded as much attention to the hydrodynamics of the underside as we have the visible surfaces. Some of that detail may never be seen, but its effect will certainly be felt,” said Reichman.
If you wish to order one of these limited edition submarines you can do so at an Aston Martin dealer, and don’t forget to bring a towel.