Aston Martin’s newest limited-edition car takes its inspiration from the pioneer of supersonic consumer flight, the Concorde. Aston calls it the DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition. The treatment is entirely cosmetic, but that’s no quibble when it gives us a chance to check out the foundation for the edition, the DBS Superleggera, one more time.
The reason for the edition is this: 2019 marks the 100th birthday of British Airways, one of two owners and operators of Concorde craft during the elite passenger jet’s heyday in the latter quarter of the last century. The Aston homage appeared on the anniversary of the Concorde’s last commercial flight in the autumn of 2003.
The Concorde Edition of the DBS Superleggera is suitably dressed in a shade of white called—you guessed it—‘Concorde White;’ it is set off by black accents and red side stripes that follow the contours of the cabin. Another notable exterior feature is the rendering of the Concorde’s unique wingspan on the car’s shadowy carbon roof.
Inside, the Concorde travel experience is well represented by a visor featuring the speed and altitude meters that were prominently featured as centerpieces of the passenger view in the cabin. The edition name is marked distinctively on the front seats, the sills, and elsewhere.
The Concorde was decommissioned in 2003, but the mercurial, hawk-nosed airliner had by that time achieved legendary status. Aston’s tribute to the plane carries a price tag of ~$415K, at the current rate of exchange.