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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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