Though we're still huge fans of the Lotus Esprit Turbo submarine from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, it's about time for an upgrade for the 21st century. We've just found it in the form of the new Aston Martin and Triton Submarines Project Neptune. The two companies have just unveiled the  final product after it was announced last fall. This three-person submersible looks pretty sweet from every angle, and the Aston Martin name gives it an air of sophistication that eludes most private subs (we're only assuming since we're not rich enough to own one). 

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Just take a look at this thing. It's got a sweet bubble-shaped pressure capsule that looks like it was pulled off a giant and very expensive gumball machine. The twin-pod hull looks functional and hydrodynamic but still very slick, flanking the cabin.

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The Neptune can dive to 500 meters and can move below the wavs at 5 knots (6 mph). Though it's by no means rapid water transit, it's actually faster than Triton's flagship 3300/3 submarine. No doubt the Neptune will be Triton's most expensive personal submarine, especially with the Aston Martin name attached to it. Triton already caters to the rich who want something totally unconventional in terms of transportation. 

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The interior of the Neptune is really unlike any submersible cabin you've ever seen and looks more like it was pulled out of one of Aston's sexy cars than anything else. It sure makes underwater exploration way more sophisticated than anything Jacques Cousteau dove in. The rich brown leather contoured seats even get the embossed Aston Martin winged logo on them. Talk about bragging rights. 

aston martin project neptune seats

If the stock colors and outitting don't seem special enough for you, you can actually choose between three trim levels, and you can spend even more money customizing the Triton to your heart's desire. We'd hate to see you cross underwater paths helming the same Neptune as some other rich dude. Pity the thought. 

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Triton is well known for building personal submersibles for the ocean-loving affluent.

No pricing has been announced, but our guess is that it will easily go north of $2 million. That's a small price to pay for the coolest personal submarine out there. Let's just hope you have the brains not to crash it into a coral reef or a speedboat. The Project Neptune is currently being showcased in Barcelona, Spain at the LYBRA Superyacht Show from now until May 5th. 

seamagine aurora
The Seamagine Aurora doesn't look as sexy as the Neptune, but it can dive three times deeper.

For the sake of pure nostaglia, take a look at this old (but still very good) clip of the Lotus Esprit submarine used in a Bond flick. The Project Neptune will never be this cool. 

But it will easily be way cooler than this homemade submarine that looks like a deathtrap to us.