Here’s another special edition Aston Martin that’s tied into Britain’s most dangerous (fictional) spy

Just as the roots run deep in the James Bond-Aston Martin relationship, so too is the crossover marketing potential between the two. For as long as 007 is mentioned, Aston Martin is never too far behind. We’ve seen the fruits that have sprouted from this relationship over the years. Now, we can add one more to the basket in the form of a new special edition Aston Martin, called the DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition. Excuse the obscenely long name of the SE since it pays tribute to the sixth James Bond movie of the same name. It just so happens that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service — the first Bond movie that didn’t star Sean Connery — is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and what better way to commemorate that milestone than by rolling out a 50-piece unit that’s inspired by the Aston that starred in the movie, the 1969 Aston Martin DBS. Unfortunately, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition is only available in the U.K. Each model carries a starting price of £300,007.00, with first deliveries to starting the fourth quarter of this year. In case you’re wondering, Aston did add the £7 for gimmick’s sake. The total price converts to almost $380,000 based on current exchange rates.

What Makes the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition Special?

From LEGO’s to video games, towels to special edition cars, the product and merchandise relationship between Aston Martin and the James Bond movie franchise is as deeply entrenched as any relationship you’ll see in the business. Very little about this partnership comes as a surprise anymore, but every so often, the two sides come together to present something that not only catches our collective attention but also makes us wonder how in the hell we’re going to get our hands on it.

Helplessness is a funny thing, isn’t it? That’s even more true when a special edition model like the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition is presented to you. Now, I’ll admit that I’ve seen a host of incredible special edition Aston Martin DBS models in the past. The DBS 59 Special Edition comes to mind, as do the DBS Tag Heuer Edition, and the Project AM 310. But the DBS Superleggera OHMSS Edition is something entirely different.

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I suppose we can get this out of the way. This special edition model isn’t just based on the DBS — that model went the way of the dodo back in 2012 — but it’s based on the DBS Superleggera, the all-conquering 715-horsepower grand tourer that replaced the Vanquish S in 2018. It weighs just 3,733 pounds, a by-product of Aston Martin’s generous use of carbon fiber throughout its body. It’s also 160 pounds lighter compared to the DB11, which says a lot about its performance capabilities. We’ll get to that later.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera exterior dimensions
Length 4,715 mm (185.6 inches)
Width 2,145 mm (84.4 inches)
Height 1,295 mm (51 inches)
Wheelbase 2,805 mm (110.4 inches)
Front Overhang 915 mm (36 inches)
Rear Overhang 995 mm (39.2 inches)
Ground Clearance 90 mm (3.5 inches)
Front Track 1,665 mm (65.6 inches)
Rear Track 1,645 mm (64.8 inches)

First, let’s talk about the star of the show: the DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition.

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The first thing you’ll notice about the DBS Superleggera OHMSS Edition is its color.

It’s a familiar shade, especially if you’ve seen the Bond movie that featured George Lazenby in his only stint as the British secret agent.

That movie featured a 1969 Aston Martin DBS that wore a distinctive shade of Olive Green in its body. Fast forward 50 years and the DBS Superleggera OHMSS Edition is wearing the same color. I don’t think I’ll be the only one who’ll say it, but this specific shade looks positively stirring on the DBS Superleggera. It’s far removed from all the usual color options Aston Martin offers, and there’s a cool story behind it, too. That’s what you want from an exclusive paint finish.

The exclusive touches don’t end there, either. Up front, the DBS Superleggera OHMSS Edition doesn’t come with a mesh grille like its standard counterpart. Instead, Aston Martin went old school, lifting the bright metal grille with six horizontal vanes from the movie version of the original DBS and fitting it into the modern-day special edition. It’s a nice callback, too, to the previous-generation DBS, which Aston Martin produced from 2007 to 2012. Historical nods notwithstanding, the grille design fits into the DBS Superleggera’s low-slung and hyper-aggressive persona.

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The rest of the exterior touches are no less important in creating the overall look of the special edition DBS Superleggera.

The carbon fiber trim provides an extra touch of class to what is already a classy grand tourer.

There’s special badging on the side strakes, too, in case you need to show off your special edition DBS Superleggera to anybody. You should show it off! Outside of the exclusive paint finish, the other highlight of this special edition DBS Superleggera is its wheels. I can’t decide if I like the body paint or the wheels more. I do love both, so I suppose that’ll do. The diamond turned forged wheels look downright spectacular. Throw in the size of the wheels — 21 inches —, and you’re looking at a provocative special edition DBS Superleggera with the perfect stance.

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Step inside the DB11 Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition, and you’ll be welcomed by an interior awash in pure black leather.

Black or white are the only two colors that make aesthetic sense here, and I’m glad Aston Martin opted for the former. A white interior doesn’t take long to get dirty. You don’t want that on a special edition Aston as pristine looking as this one. Fortunately, Aston threw in a few more luxury touches to enhance the classy vibe in the cabin. The headlining and controls, for example, are dressed in grey blend Alcantara to go with a fluted headliner. There are bespoke OHMSS micro perforation details on the seats, too while the backrest proudly shows off Aston Martin’s wings logo. As expected, the steering wheel comes by way of Q by Aston Martin, and knowing Aston’s personalization, nothing less than a satin wheel with carbon fiber and pure black leather bits will do for a car like the DBS Superleggera OHMSS. A few other details and equipment come standard, including the obligatory OHMSS plaque on the door sills. Likewise, Aston loaded up on the audio system with a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with a subwoofer cover wearing its own OHMSS embroidery.

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About the only thing that feels out-of-place in this setup is the Spicy Red stitching on the seats, door handles, dashboard, and steering wheel. I’m not that big of a fan of breaks in a special edition’s color scheme, and I fear that’s what all this red stitching does to the overall presentation of the special edition DBS Superleggera. It’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but the shade of red pops out so much it’s hard to ignore it.

On that note, where’s the telescopic rifle in its glovebox? If the non-road-legal Goldfinger DB5s came with fake machine guns, where’s the fake rifle in this one? It’s really not that much of a complaint because every other detail in this SE makes you feel like you’re driving a car that 007 himself would drive. Speaking of which, Aston Martin’s also offering a drinks case that’s designed to fit into the DBS Superleggera’s trunk space. This is an option that you don’t have to avail if you don’t want to, but let’s face it: if you’re going to drive like James Bond, you might as well load up on the martinis like James Bond. Shaken, not stirred, indeed.

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All of what you see here makes for one of the most compelling special edition models Aston Martin has created. It also helps that underneath all this presentation sits a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that produces a whopping 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s 123 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque more than the model it replaced, the Vanquish S.

Likewise, the DBS Superleggera OHMSS Edition’s output is 390 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque more than its ancestor, the 1969 DBS.

All that power travels to the rear wheels through a revised version of Aston’s ZF-source eight-speed automatic transmission. Drop the hammer on the gas pedal, and you can reach 62 mph from an idle position in just 3.4 seconds. Keep the accelerator pinned to the floor, and you can hit a top speed of 211 mph in no time. George Lazenby’s classic DBS won’t even know what hit it.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera drivetrain specifications
Engine twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12
Horsepower 715 hp
Torque 664 lb-ft
Transmission eight-speed automatic
0-60 mph 3.6 seconds
Top Speed 211 mph

Everything checks out when it comes to the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition. Well, almost everything. This is the part where reality smacks us in the head. Only 50 units of the special edition DBS Superleggera will be made, and all 50 units are earmarked for the U.K. market. Boo. Even if we Aston Martin decides to feel generous, each unit still costs a staggering £307,007, which converts to about around $380,000 based on current exchange rates. I don’t suppose anybody has that kind of scratch lying around?

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Oh, well. Even if the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition is literally out of our reach, we can take comfort with these press photos. That’s about as close as we in the U.S. will get to ever seeing one.

Further reading

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

1970 Aston Martin DBS High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1970 Aston Martin DBS.

The On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition celebrates 50th Anniversary of the sixth James Bond film
Olive Green DBS Superleggera inspired by the original 1969 Aston Martin DBS as featured in the movie
First customer deliveries scheduled for Q4 2019

22 May 2019, Gaydon, UK: The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is set to become the newest James Bond inspired car, thanks to the most recent collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 50 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition cars will be sold. Painted Olive Green to match the original 1969 Aston Martin DBS driven by James Bond in the movie, the new models will take the menacing road presence of the DBS Superleggera to a new level of brutish elegance.

It is 50 years since filming began for the sixth James Bond film, which told the story of Bond villain ‘Blofeld’ and his ongoing attempts to hold the world to ransom. The 1969 Aston Martin DBS provided James Bond with the perfect car for a man tasked with saving the world! Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Aston Martin is synonymous with James Bond and the DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service has provided great inspiration to the team tasked with creating this very special edition. This new DBS Superleggera will be an extremely distinguished ‘brute in a suit’, designed to capture the essence of the iconic DBS from the 1969 film but with a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12, 715bhp engine!”

The 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine is set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution, this high-performance engine develops 725PS at 6500rpm and 900Nm from 1800-5000rpm. Detailed tuning of the V12 together with an exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tail pipes ensures DBS Superleggera has a commanding and powerful sound character, particularly in the more aggressive dynamic modes, while retaining a level of refinement and civility that compliments its role as the consummate Super GT.

The special edition DBS Superleggera boasts carbon fibre, splitter, aero blade and unique diamond turned and forged wheels. A bespoke metal grille featuring six bright horizontal vanes, adorns the front of the limited-edition car to replicate the distinctive feature of the DBS featured in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The exterior paint surface is enhanced with body coloured cantrails and roof. Bearing commemorative side strakes and unique touches throughout, the car is every inch ‘007’.

On the inside, the DBS Superleggera is trimmed in pure black leather, accented by grey blend Alcantra, as in the original 1969 DBS. The cockpit is accented in red, inspired by the red trimmed glovebox in the original car, which held 007’s telescopic-sight rifle.

The 50 owners of this James Bond Special Edition will have the option to select a bespoke designed drinks case* which fits perfectly into the boot space. In keeping with the theme, this accessory is the perfect complement to the exhibition worthy ‘Super GT’. The black drinks case opens via the bright metal clasp to reveal the matching red felt lined interior, with space for two bottles of champagne* and four champagne flutes.

Aston Martin Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said: “Creating a James Bond special edition is always an exciting challenge as we work to create a car that embodies the legend of James Bond, and the original movie car. The DBS Superleggera is a muscular car that commands attention, but the Olive Green gives it a subtlety that belies the beast beneath.”

The On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special edition is the latest in a series of 007 inspired Aston Martins, which includes the Goldfinger DB5 continuation and the 2015 DB9 GT Bond Edition. Each of the 50 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggera special editions will retail at £300,007.00, with first deliveries to customers commencing in Q4 2019.

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OHMSS DBS Superleggera Specification

Exterior

Exterior Paint Colour: Olive Green

Exterior Body Pack: 2x2 Gloss Carbon Fibre

Front Grille: Bright Vane Grille

Side strake: Polished Aluminium Side Strake, housed in 2x2 Twill Carbon Fibre

Mirror Caps: Exterior Body Colour

Roof Panel: Exterior Body Colour

Roof Strake: Exterior Body Colour

Rear diffuser: 2x2 Gloss Carbon Fibre with Painted Centre Section

Wheels: 21” OHMSS Gloss Black DT

Tyre: Pirelli P Zero

Brake Calipers: Black

Exhaust Tail Pipe Finisher: Quad (Bright Finishers)

Exterior Badging: Heritage Enamel with Black infill front and rear

Car Cover: Bespoke Olive Green Car cover

Interior

Environment 1: Pure Black Leather

Environment 2: Pure Black Leather

Headlining and Cantrails: Grey Blend Alcantara with Fluted Headliner

Welt & Stitch Colour: Spicy Red Leather

Seat Embroidery: Spicy Red Aston Martin Wings Logo

Seat Detailing: Bespoke OHMSS Micro Perforation with Fluting

Steering Wheel: Q - Satin 2x2 Twill Carbon Fibre / Pure Black Leather

Gearshift Paddles: Satin 2x2 Twill Red Tinted Carbon Fibre

Trim Inlay :Dyed Tamo Open Pore

Seat Back Veneer: Match to Leather

Interior Jewellery: Dark Chrome with 2x2 Twill Satin Carbon Fibre

Interior Sill Plaque: Bespoke OHMSS Sill Plaque

Audio System: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Audio with OHMSS Embroidery to Subwoofer Cover

Stowage lining: Red Felt Lining

Additional Option Drinks Case (Not included in Design Specification, additional option to be charged to the customer)

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