Latest Aston Martin takes flight

Riley Riley

The latest Aston Martin and fourth in the Wings series draws inspiration from the French supersonic Concorde.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde proudly celebrates not only a half century since the launch of the iconic luxury passenger jet took to the skies, but also the centenary of one of Concorde’s two flag carrying airline operators: British Airways.

Just 10 will be made, marking the latest edition to the Aston Martin Wings Series, which includes the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition; Vantage Blades Edition; and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.

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; black tinted carbon fibre roof with Concorde silhouette graphic; the famous British Airways ‘Speedmarque’ logo in chrome on the front wings; a unique Q by Aston Martin wing badge with black enamel infill; unique and authentic jet black painted Civil Aviation Authority aircraft identifier numbers and bespoke inspection plaques signed by Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO Andy Palmer and British Airways Chairman Álex Cruz.

Inside, the new car features more carefully judged design features created to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Concorde.

Among the highlights are the Concorde logo on the front seat facings; a Mach Meter graphic embroidered on the driver’s side sun visor; a unique headliner featuring printed Alcantara displaying a ‘sonic boom’ graphic; paddle shifters made from titanium from Concorde compressor blades; floor mats in Terence Conran design pattern; seatbelt buckle badges milled from solid aluminium and bespoke sill plaques.

The DBS Superleggera could well take flight given its 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, with 540kW and 900Nm of torque.

It has a top speed of 340km/h and blistering acceleration that dispatches 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and 0-160km/h in 6.4 seconds.

Parts of the proceeds from the sale of each 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.

Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda, Marek Reichman, said it is only fitting that the great British sports car brand marked 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 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,” he said.

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