Skip advert
Advertisement

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde enters production

Latest limited edition references 50 years of Concorde and 100 years of British Airways

Aston Martin has marked the fifty years since the iconic Concorde with a limited edition DBS Superleggera Concorde. After initially being revealed earlier this year, the special edition is now in production, reaching customers early next year. 

The DBS Superleggera Concorde special edition is the latest in Aston Martin’s “Wings” series, following on from the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, Vantage Blades Edition, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Like those cars, the latest special celebrates an incredible part of aviation history. Often celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in aviation, and frequently cited as a design icon, Concorde enabled transatlantic passenger travel on a level that had never been achieved before, and has never been replicated since. A flight between London and New York took only 3.5 hours, compared to around eight in a conventional airliner.

> £1.75m Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged revealed in the flesh

It’s fair to say the DBS Superleggera hasn’t transformed road travel in quite the same way, though compared to the average vehicle the car’s 3.4-second 0-62mph time and 211mph top speed still put it in the upper segment of performance road cars.

And Q by Aston Martin has gone to town on the personalisation touches for the run of ten Concorde editions that will hit the road. Commissioned by Aston Martin Bristol - just down the road from where the Concorde was manufactured in the UK - each car features high-tech materials and unique references to the special jet.

The car’s side strakes are milled from solid aluminium, while the black carbonfibre roof has a Concorde silhouette graphic. The paintwork itself is a reference to the British Airways livery - a company celebrating its centenary this year - while a small chrome representation of the BA “Speedmarque” can be found above the Q emblems on the front wings.

The interior too has a distinct British Airways flavour, not least in the dark blue trim finish like that of the carrier’s aircraft. The seat facings themselves feature a Concorde logo, while the headliner has a Concorde silhouette graphic chased by lines representing the aircraft’s sonic boom.

> Aston Martin DBS Superleggera review – a mighty V12 GT with supercar speed

Mach meter graphics printed on the sun visors strike us as being slightly tasteless, but paddle shifters formed from titanium sourced from the compressor blades of Concorde’s Olympus engines are a much cooler touch. There are bespoke door sill plates, seatbelt buckle badges milled from solid aluminium, and Terrance Conran patterned floor mats - Conran having been called in to revamp the aircraft’s cabin in the early 2000s.

No price is quoted - if you have to ask, etc etc - but Aston Martin has confirmed that a percentage of the proceeds of each sale will go to the Air League Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to teach under-privileged children how to fly and prepares them for engineering careers.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Aston Martin DBS 2023 review
Aston Martin DBS 2022 review – front tracking
Reviews

Aston Martin DBS 2023 review

Crushing performance paired with impressive long-distance comfort and an old-world GT charm. It’s Aston at its best
21 Jul 2023
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior
Alfa Romeo Junior/Milano
News

Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior

Just a few days after the Milano's reveal, Alfa Romeo has been forced to change the car’s name entirely
15 Apr 2024
Aston Martin DB12 Volante 2024 review – Britain’s Ferrari beater?
Aston Martin DB12 Volante
Reviews

Aston Martin DB12 Volante 2024 review – Britain’s Ferrari beater?

First drive of the new V8-engined DB12 Volante, the latest model in Lawrence Stroll’s armoury to turn the company around
15 Apr 2024
Kia Stinger GT S Fast Fleet test – 12,000 miles in the V6 sports saloon
evo Fast Fleet Kia Stinger GT S
Long term tests

Kia Stinger GT S Fast Fleet test – 12,000 miles in the V6 sports saloon

After covering 12,000 miles on the Fast Fleet, did the Kia Stinger GT S convince us that it’s a credible alternative to its European rivals?
15 Apr 2024