The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition celebrates airspeed. In celebration, this is the 100th birthday of British Airways, plus the 50th anniversary of the first flight for the BAC Concorde supersonic passenger jet. This is also the 16th anniversary of the Concorde’s final flight, where Concorde 216 registered as G-BOAF flew from Heathrow to Bristol, England, with 100 BA employees on board, to it’s final destination to a display space at the Aerospace Bristol museum. That same place was the last Concorde built, coming off the line in 1978 at BAC Fulton Bristol.
Aston Martin Bristol commissioned 10 special editions called the DBS Superleggera Concorde. Designed with the expertise of Q by Aston Martin, the coupe is the latest in Aston Martin’s aviation-inspired Wings Series specials. Previously, Aston Martin released the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, Vantage Blades Edition, and V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.
The DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition coupe gets ornament in British Airways livery colors on the front splitter, roof strake, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and inside the Aston Martin wings badge. In addition, it sports a Concorde graphic on the black, carbon fiber roof, and a Concorde-shaped chunk of solid aluminum streaks through the side strakes. The front fender features the British Airways “Speedmarque” logo above the black enamel Q by Aston Martin badge, and the rear fenders have the registration G-BOAF.
Looking at the interior, printed Alcantara on the Superleggera’s cockpit headliner displays a sonic boom graphic, the front visors get mach meter graphics, the front seats show off Concorde and Speedmarque logos. Aston Martin even used pieces of titanium compressor blades from the supersonic plane on the paddle shifters, plus added embossed solid aluminum Concorde seatbelt buckles. A design by Sir Terence Conran was used for the floor mats. He was one of the three designers commissioned to upgrade the Concorde’s interior right before it went out of service.
Mechanically, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition will have a 5.2-liter V12 engine with 710 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. On the philanthropic side, Aston Martin Bristol will donate part of the proceeds from each sale to the Air League Trust, a nonprofit that teaches underprivileged children how to fly. This gives the children opportunities to network and open door into engineering professions.
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