Aston Martin has kicked off the production of the DBS Superleggera Concorde more than a year after it was presented.
There’s no word on why it took so long to bring the special edition grand tourer to the market, but it is possible that the global pandemic threw a spanner in Aston’s initial plans.
Car #1 of 10 sports a white paint finish, contrasted by the black roof and the red accents flowing from the front to the rear pillar. The British flag is depicted on the front apron, the boot lid spoiler and the diffuser, and the special plaques and unique jet-black painted Civil Aviation Authority aircraft identifier number complete the design.
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The aviation theme continues in the cockpit, which boasts the ‘Concorde’ logo on the seats, a ‘sonic boom’ graphic in the headliner and a ‘mach meter’ pattern on the driver’s sun visor. The paddle shifters were actually made from the Concorde’s compressor blades, because the special edition DBS Superleggera, which was commissioned by Aston Martin Bristol and designed with British Airways, pays homage to the fastest passenger jet ever created.
The special edition is still powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 producing 715 HP and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. This allows the car to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds en route to a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h).
When they unveiled the DBS Superleggera Concorde in 2019, Aston Martin said that proceeds from the sale of each car will benefit a non-profit organization that helps under-privileged children and teaches them how to fly.