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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition Revealed – 10 Cars Only

In its centenary year, British Airways is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of its most iconic airplanes, the Concorde! Aston Martin appears keen to celebrate the groundbreaking, supersonic airplane too, revealing the special edition Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde yesterday, 50 years after Concorde first took to the air.

For those few who haven’t heard of Concorde before. It flew between 1976 and 2003 as the first commercial supersonic passenger plane. It was operated exclusively by British Airways and Air France. It was developed and manufactured as a joint venture between Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale) and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). It’s success was due to the fact that it cut travel times roughly in half, due to the fact that it could travel at supersonic speeds.

For its homage, Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin division has created 10 special edition versions of the DBS. It joins the Aston Martin Wings Series, following on from the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition; Vantage Blades Edition; and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80. The commission comes via Aston Martin Bristol.

On the outside, the unique touches include bespoke side strakes milled from solid aluminium; a bespoke 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 Q by Aston Martin wing badge with black enamel infill; 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.

The interior gets predominantly blue design features. It includes 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.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition Interior

Aston Martin will handle the sale of the 50 unit production run. 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.


New Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Revealed: $7.4 Million Price Tag

Aston Martin’s latest collaboration with Italian design house, Zagato, has been revealed. The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato is also the most expensive to date. Customers will have to stump up $7.4 million to own one! Of course, the DBS GT Zagato isn’t an ordinary supercar purchase.

The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato has been promised for some time. It is only available to customers of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation; a two for one deal!

It makes its debut at Audrain’s Newport Concours in the United States. The DBS GT Zagato is the final part of Aston Martin’s DBZ Centenary Collection, built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Italian coachbuilder.

The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato gets a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 with 760 bhp. This means that the DBS GT Zagato gets 35 hp more than the standard Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Performance figures have not been disclosed. Zagato models tend to be less about engineering and all about the design.

It uses the special Zagato colour, Supernova Red, with contrasting exposed carbon fibre accents and Satin Black and Gold 3D machined wheels. The design incorporates a gloss-finish carbon fibre roof and rear diffuser together with 18-carat gold wings badges front and rear, black anodised active front grille, gold anodised side strakes and centre-lock wheel nuts.

Inside, the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato gets Caithness Spicy Red leather, Zagato ‘Z’ seat quilting and satin-twill exposed carbon fibre. A big part of the DBS GT Zagato is its configurable carbon and metal 3D-printed interior finishes. Elements of the interior design will be fully custom using 3D printed Carbon, Aluminium, or Gold PVD (physical vapour deposition).

‘Q by Aston Martin’ will take care of the customisation. No two cars will be the same. Just 19 will be produced.


Aston Martin ‘DBS 59’ Pays Homage to 1959 Le Mans Win

The Aston Martin DBS has been a resounding success, that much is sure. The revived DBS has drawn acclaim from all quarters, holding its own against esteemed competition from the Italian stables of Ferrari. To capitalise on this success, Aston Martin have been offering limited edition models. The latest pays homage to the company’s 1959 win at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

As with most special edition Aston Martin’s, this one has been ordered through the Q by Aston Martin service, on Commission by Aston Martin Cambridge. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera ‘DBS 59’ will be a limited run of 24 special edition DBS Superleggeras.

The special edition model honours Aston Martin’s historic 1-2 finish in the DBR1 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Aston Martin fans will recall that Roy Salvadori and Caroll Shelby drove the DBR1 to an overall victory. The ‘DBS 59’ is said to honour the DBR1 through “specially engineered styling cues”.

The DBS 59 Arrives finished in Aston Martin Racing Green. Carbon fibre hints at the thoroughly modern nature of the DBR1 while bronze details emulate the winning car, details such as the ‘Superleggera’ bonnet badging, bespoke front grille, brake callipers and 21” forged Y spoke satin duotone wheels. Further bespoke touches include the individually numbered roundel painted on the fender, and the bespoke tyre wall arrow decal.

Inside the cabin, the DBS gets Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather as its main surfaces. Q by Aston Martin also had the opportunity to analyse the original seat material used on the DBR1. It recreated that same weave with each seat back and door insert trimmed in heritage style material. The bronze details continue on the inside too, with unique bronze shift paddles and a bespoke ‘59 Edition’ logo embroidered on the seatback.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante breaks cover

With less than a month to go before the official unveiling, it appears that the 2019 Aston MartinDBS Superleggera has been spied in Volante convertible form. The car is very clearly related to the DB11 GT sports car currently available, but with a number of updates. It should also be lighter (hence the Superleggera name) and more powerful.

The most notable exterior change is in the front fascia, particularly the main grille. The traditional Aston grille shape has been stretched downward in the style of the Rapide and the Vantage AMR Pro. It also ditches the classic slats for an aggressive black mesh. Flanking the grille are two large air inlets that surely provide more cooling to the engine. Their positioning would be ideal for brake cooling, too.

On the hood, the new DBS Superleggera gets two large vents right in the middle. Based on a teaser image, there will be Superleggera badging in a classical script next to the vents. The hood also has a bit of a raised dome down the middle.

Moving around to the side, the car is basically unchanged save for deeper side skirts. The rear also lacks much in the way of changes. It has sprouted an additional pair of exhaust tips. Interestingly, each side has a small tip and a large one. We’re not sure if this is a stop-gap measure for the prototype, or if the different-sized tips will be a production feature.

When the car is revealed in June, it will come with a version of the twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 found in the DB11. It will almost certainly have more power than existing DB11 models, meaning it will have more than the 630 horsepower of the DB11 AMR. Rumors have even indicated as much as 700 horsepower. With the Superleggera name, it will likely be lighter than existing DB11s, too. And of course, expect a price above other DB11s.

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