You’ll love the Aston Martin DBS Concorde Editions for their side strakes alone
Commissioned by Aston Martin Bristol, and following special editions like the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggeras, only 10 Concorde Editions will be built by Aston’s bespoke Q division, in association with British Airways in its centenary year.
The Concorde was the only supersonic airliner that actually worked; the Soviet Tupolojev Tu-144 was an utter and deadly failure, and nobody managed to come up with anything near that fast ever since. While people can argue about the high costs, Cold War-level emissions and noise pollution, lack of roominess, and challenging maintenance of the Mach 2 commercial plane that stayed in service for 27 years, the fact remains that flying takes a whole lot longer since the Concordes were decommissioned. And that was ages ago, since the world’s best supersonic airliner took its final flight between London and Bristol on November 26, 2003.
The Concorde was a joint effort between the SUD Aviation, then owned by the French state, and the British Aircraft Corporation. The Bristol Aeroplane Company carried out most of the work, which leaves no question why these special edition cars were commissioned by Aston Martin Bristol on the 50th anniversary of the Concorde’s first flight.
The DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition joins the Vantage Blades Edition, Vanquish S Red Arrows, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 in Aston Martin’s Wings Series, a line which gathers together all of the marque’s aviation projects (retrospectively, however). The DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition features bespoke side strakes milled from solid aluminium, along with traces of British Airways colors on the roof strake, aero blade, and rear diffuser. The black-tinted carbon-fiber roof comes with a Concorde silhouette graphic, while the “Speedmarque” logo of BA is featured in chrome on the front wings, along with a unique wing badge with black enamel infill. To top it off, the Concorde DBS Superleggeras come with jet-black-painted Civil Aviation Authority aircraft identifier numbers and inspection plaques signed by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and British Airways chairman Álex Cruz.
Hop in and you’ll find Concorde logos on the front seat facings, a Mach Meter graphic embroidered on the driver’s side sun visor, a headliner in Alcantara with a “sonic boom” graphic, floor mats in a Terence Conran design pattern, seat-belt buckle badges milled from aluminium, bespoke sill plaques—and the best of them all: paddle shifters made from titanium sourced from Concorde compressor blades.
And while Aston Martin’s twin-turbo V-12 won’t take you to 1354 mph at your cruising altitude, its peak output of 715 horsepower will still allow for 211 mph, which is not too shabby for a top ground speed. In fact, modern airliners made by Boeing and Airbus take off at around 150–180 mph; luckily for you, though, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is engineered not to.