Aston Martin marks golden anniversary of last Concorde flight with DBS Superleggera special edition
Aston Martin has unveiled a unique special edition celebrating Concorde – complete with paddle shifters made from recycled compressor blades from the legendary aircraft.
The special edition of the company’s 211mph flagship has been created to celebrate the golden anniversary of the final flight of the world’s first supersonic passenger jet.
The car was commissioned by Aston Martin Bristol which is to be found just a long runway’s length away from Aerospace Bristol at Filton – the place that is now home to the last Concorde ever to fly and the location at which the British Concordes were manufactured.
The announcement coincided with the date of 26 November 2003 when the last Concorde flight, registration G-BOAF and now in residence at Aerospace Bristol – touched down.
The DBS Superleggera Concorde will be lavishly outfitted by Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin, and will include many Concorde-related themes and images.
Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman said: “It’s only fitting that our great British sports car brand marks the achievement of the incredibly dedicated, talented and ambitious teams of British and French scientists, engineers, designers and aircraft workers who made Concorde, and supersonic air travel, a reality in our skies 50 years ago.
“Using the DBS Superleggera as our starting point, and with the support of the talented personalisation experts in the Q by Aston Martin service to draw on, we have been able to subtly and sympathetically enhance and highlight some of the car’s most notable features while preserving the elegance, style and sheer brutish road presence for which the Aston Martin DBS is rightly known.”
On the outside, the sports car is distinguished by bespoke side strakes milled from solid aluminium, a bespoke painted livery comprising British Airways colours on the roof strake, aero blade and rear diffuser and a black tinted carbon fibre roof with Concorde silhouette graphic.
Other identifiers include the famous British Airways ‘Speedmarque’ logo in chrome on the front wings and a unique Q by Aston Martin wing badge with black enamel infill.
In the cabin, highlights include paddle shifters made from titanium from Concorde compressor blades, the Concorde logo on the front seat facings and a Mach Meter graphic embroidered on the driver’s side sun visor.
Only ten examples of the Concorde special edition will be made, all featuring the brand’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12-engined Super GT set-up boasting 725 PS, 900 Nm of torque, a top speed of 211mph and acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6.4 seconds.
Parts of the proceeds from the sale of each individual car will be donated to the Air League Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that teaches under-privileged children how to fly and offers support for them to work in engineering.
This is the latest special edition in the Aston Martin Wings Serie of aviation-inspired celebration models.
Others include the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, Vantage Blades Edition and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.
The new DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition is available to purchase through Aston Martin Bristol. There’s no official word on price, but the standard DBS Superleggera is priced at circa £225,000.
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