Kids today are very lucky.
Thanks to modern technology, they often have a lot of gadgets (phones, tablets, etc.) to play with compared with kids that grew up in the 80s or 90s. Their toys have leveled up, too. What used to be simple Lego bricks can now resemble real-life vehicles or places. Better yet, automakers are also getting more involved with toys now. After McLaren "launched" the kid-sized Senna last week, Aston Martin has responded by offering something to kids and the young at heart as well.
Meet the DB5 Junior. Yes, that is the actual name that Aston Martin gave its latest project for children. Developed in collaboration with The Little Car Company, it is essentially a two-thirds scale replica of the original DB5. Unlike most toy cars, the DB5 Junior is very detailed. From the steering wheel to the instruments on the dashboard and even the paint, all are what you would find in a full-size DB5.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a scaled-down engine. Instead, this toy runs on electricity. Powering the DB5 Junior is a single electric motor that produces 6.7-horsepower enough to hit a top speed of 48 km/h – quite fast especially if you’re a four-year-old. A battery pack under the hood provides up to 32 kilometers of range. Meanwhile, four-disc brakes help bring the toy car to a halt.
Interestingly, Aston Martin does offer the toy in a more powerful variant – the DB5 Vantage Junior. The Vantage Junior bumps output to 13.4 horsepower and further increases top speed. The more powerful version also comes with a carbon fiber body, limited-slip differential, and an extra battery pack. Overkill for young kids? No doubt.
Fortunately, the DB5 Junior and DB5 Vantage Junior are not just for kids. Adults can easily fit in the DB5 Junior as well, considering the toy car measures approximately three meters long. Although it might be a tight squeeze, we assume an adult and a child can sit together inside. We’re sure some owners will be taking the Junior Aston for a spin once the kids are asleep.
Considering that the DB5 "miniatures" can go fast and have a bit of range, we’re not sure if they are still toys or if they can be classified as electric vehicles already. We doubt anyone would drive it along the streets of Metro Manila though considering its price tag. The DB5 Junior is priced at £35,000 (Php 2.25 million) and the Vantage Junior at £45,000 (Php 2.9 million). Very expensive for a toy, yes. But hey, this is probably the closest we can get to being James Bond...if he had kids and gifted them with his own car's Mini-Me.
Oh, wait, Mini-Me's from Austin Powers.