Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde... a supersonic special edition

Published: 26 November 2019

► 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12
► New Volante DBS joins coupe
► Plus another special edition

Aston Martin appears to be doing more special editions than Ford at the moment: it's announced another limited run of its DBS range, this time with another British institution, the supersonic Concorde passenger jet.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde Special Edition is designed to mark the 50th anniversary of the Mach 1 airplane, and just 10 will be built. It was commissioned by the local Bristol dealership, close to Concorde's spiritual home in Filton, and the announcement date of 26 November 2019 is 16 years after the last flight by G-BOAF (pictured above).

This special edition is a cosmetic job, with Concorde logos on the seats, a sonic boom graphic on the roofliner, paddle shifters made from Concorde compressor blades, and milled aluminium seatbelt buckle badges. Outside you'll (maybe) notice flashes of British Airways colours peppered around the bodywork and solid aluminium side strakes. 

It's the latest in a run of Aston specials; it's also launched a DBS to celebrate 50 years of the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Bond film, which used a 1969 DBS (pictured below). Based on the already exotic DBS Superleggera, the OHMSS DBS features an Olive Green paint-job like the original car, and adds a few other tweaks.


Look to the front and you’ll find a bespoke metal grille – and inside and out you'll find new OHMSS tags – along with red accents in the cockpit. There’ll be 50 of the DBS Superleggera made in total – and each will also come with ‘a bespoke designed drinks case.’ The OHMSS Superleggera will cost £300,007, with deliveries to start in Q4 of 2019.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: key specs

The mechanical package is identical to that in the DBS coupe and the spec sheet is proof that this is one gob-smackingly rapid cabrio:

  • Engine  5.2-litre V12
  • Max power  715bhp @ 6500rpm
  • Max torque  664lb ft @ 1800-5000rpm
  • Top speed  211mph
  • 0-62mph  3.6sec
  • 0-100mph  6.7sec

Note also how the addition of the soft-top has brought the introduction of what Aston calls Aeroblade 2, to push the rear down into the road for improved traction and grip; at its top speed, there is an impressive 177kg of downforce, down just 3 kilos from the coupe.

The UK price has been confirmed at £247,500. Read on for the full story on the DBS Superleggera flagship supercar.

DBS Superleggera front quarter

Meet the new DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin’s newest flagship, and its long-awaited return to the rarified super GT category. Revealed at an event in London in autumn 2018, the new DBS Superleggera replaces the Vanquish S, and turns everything we’ve already seen in the DB11 up to 12.

The Volante convertible unveiled in April 2019 joins the coupe above. The duo mark a resurrection of the DBS name - long a signifier of special, long-legged touring sports cars chez Aston Martin - and the Superleggera badge is one from the history books, too, signifying super-light weight.

As you’d expect from Aston’s newest flagship, the DBS Superleggera is powered by a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, and comes with a price to match its road presence: the coupe will start at £225,000 in the UK, around £25k less than the new DSB Superleggera Volante.

Read our guide to the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed here

The Aston V12 engine

While the new DBS Superleggera is certainly a looker, Aston Martin believes it owes much of its character to the 12 cylinders under the bonnet – the lump is set far back under the hood in fact, in a near front-mid position. In order to keep the handling sweet, and weight distribution on the money, the Superleggera’s powerplant has been shifted as far back as possible.

Capable of producing 715bhp at 6500rpm and 664lb ft of torque between 1800-5000rpm, the Superleggera’s twin-turbo V12 is brutal enough for some incredible performance stats. Sixty will arrive from a standing-start in just 3.2 seconds, while 100mph follows just 3.2 seconds after that.


That prodigious torque means it’ll also zip between cruising speeds – and in-gear acceleration is an area Aston is particularly happy with. In fourth gear, we’re told the Superleggera will double 50mph in 4.2 seconds.

And once you get through all the cogs in the 8-speed ‘box, you’ll be hitting a top speed of 211mph. You’ll enjoy getting there, too; the DBS uses active valves and quad tail pipes to ensure the car has a soundtrack to match its performance.


Handling

The new 2018 DBS uses the same bonded aluminum underframe as the DB11, but adds carbonfibre body panels across the exterior body for additional weight-saving. The result? The DBS Superleggera is stronger than the DB11, but 72kg lighter, with a kerbweight of 1693kg.

Like the DB11 you’ll find double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear – and road condition-sensing adaptive dampers are fitted as standard. Like other models, you’ll be able to tweak them too, from the softest GT mode, to a harder Sport and hardcore Sport Plus setting.


As for looks? The DBS’s carbonfibre panels lend the Superleggera a more aggressive look to match its increased performance. Styling cues have been carried over from the standard DB11, but an F1-style double-diffuser makes it debut on the new flagship.


Tech

As you’d expect from a car that costs £225,000, the Superleggera includes all the tech you’d usually find on a high-end car. Parking assists are here, as is keyless entry, and you’ll also find an infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB playback and a wi-fi hub.

And the Volante?

Here's our first official look at the drop-top version of Gaydon’s V12 flagship. It's the fastest convertible ever to be manufactured by the company, boasting a top speed of 211mph.

It’s not a surprise that Aston is following the coupe DBS with a Volante convertible – it’s almost the done thing to get the tin opener out and cut the roof off at AM HQ. Especially just in time for summer 2019 (sales are confirmed for the third quarter this year).

The new 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante with its canvas roof up

The fabric roof takes 14 seconds to drop, and 16 to pirouette back into shape. Its makers are proud that it stacks into a package just 260mm high when stowed.

Check out our DBS Superleggera review

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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