It’s been just a touch over 16 years since the Concorde was grounded for good, but that doesn’t mean that the historic supersonic jet has been forgotten—at least not by Aston Martin. The British luxury car maker is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Concorde by releasing a bespoke DBS Superleggera Concorde Special Edition.
The car also marks the 100th anniversary of British Airways, which was one of only two airlines to use the Concorde (the other being Air France). To make the special edition, Aston Martin turned to its bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin. The car features the British Airways livery on the roof while the rest of the car is done in white. The side strakes are done in milled aluminum. The British Airways Speedmarque logo accompanies plenty of other badging throughout, including hand-painted aircraft numbers that originally appeared on the Concorde fleet and inspection plaques.
On the inside, the headliner is treated to a special graphic inspired by a sonic boom. The paddle shifters are made from titanium taken from the Concorde’s compressor blades. While it is built in remembrance of a supersonic jet, the special edition doesn’t quite break the sound barrier, but it sure comes close. The DBS comes with the Superleggera twin-turbo 5.2-lieter V12 engine, which propels the car from0 to 62 in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 211 miles per hour. That speed comes courtesy of the 715 horsepower and the 664 lb-ft of torque.
“It’s only fitting that our great British sports car brand marks the achievement of the incredibly dedicated, talented and ambitious teams of British and French scientists, engineers, designers and aircraft workers who made Concorde, and supersonic air travel, a reality in our skies 50 years ago,” stated Aston Martin executive Marek Reichman. Only 10 of these special edition cars will be made, and each will cost $413,000.