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This Aston DBS Superleggera pays homage to Concorde
Aston marks 50 years since the supersonic passenger jet’s first flight
Well, this has made us unnecessarily sad. Not because Aston Martin has painted a DBS Superleggera white and put some stickers on it – more because upon revealing the new Concorde edition, Aston has reminded us that 26 November marks 16 years since the last ever supersonic passenger flight touched down. What a thing it was.
This year also marks 50 years since Concorde’s first flight, and Aston is celebrating with 10 examples of this British Airways special. As previously mentioned, there’s a Concorde-inspired livery with BA colours on the front and rear spoiler, the roof and the rear diffuser.
The customisation has been done by Aston’s Q department, and there are bespoke side strakes milled from solid aluminium on the outside, as well as BA logos on the front wings and a colourful Aston badge up front.
The interior is proper BA-spec too. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you get a mardy cabin crew and chewing gum down the side of the seats. Instead you get navy blue leather, a Mach Meter graphic on the sun visor, a sonic boom graphic on the headliner and gearshift paddles made from the actual titanium that was once a Concorde compressor blade. Now that’s recycling.
There are no mechanical changes to the DBS, but that 715bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 was already an absolute monster. Although with the Concorde having used Rolls-Royce engines during its time in service, we can’t help but worry Aston has overstepped its mark.
So, what do you reckon Internet? Is the Concorde edition shameless or sublime from Aston?