Motorists are queuing up to buy Aston Martin's new hypercar despite its £2.5 million price tag, it has been revealed.
Only around 100 of the hand-built cars are set to be made initially and the first is not expected to roll off the production line until late 2018.
But that, says Aston Martin, has not stopped it receiving firm expressions of interest from around 200 would-be owners before it has even been officially unveiled.
The car, which has been developed with the Red Bull racing team and will be as fast a Formula 1 vehicle, has been codenamed 001, a nod to Aston Martin's association with the James Bond movies.
It has been reported that deposits of at least £250,000 for the new vehicle - which will be the most expensive road car in UK history - will start being collected next month.
It has been offered to drivers who have previously bought a £1.5 million Vulcan or £1.2 million 177 model as well as wealthy would-be customers who were invited to view the design at a secret location while attending the Monaco Grand Prix.
Aston Martin's partnership with Red Bull will see it re-joining Formula 1 racing after an absence of more than half a century, a move designed to build brand awareness in emerging markets.
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