The Boss is Back
It’s the return of two great badges to Aston Martin; DBS and Superleggera, meaning ‘super light’. But don’t be fooled by the Italian name as it’s neither Italian nor light. If only there was a word for ‘lighter’? Regardless, both badges are synonymous with great Aston Martins of the past and this almost certainly will be remembered in the same way.
For the most British of GT car companies, albeit with some welcome AMG-sourced assistance, the very Italian Superleggera badge may seem an odd choice to label its flagship DBS Coupe.
If you’ve heard the name associated with another car brand in recent times you’d be correct as it’s used on the lightweight version of the Lamborghini Gallardo and Huracan, so there’s a backstory we need to quickly address
As an Italian word for ‘super light,’ Superleggera was used by the coachbuilders, ‘Touring of Milan’ in the 1950’s for the special spaceframe aluminium bodies they placed over modified Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis.
These days it’s become a generic term for a light weight Euro sports car and the beautiful script on the hood of the new Aston Martin DBS is exactly as ‘Touring of Milan’ placed it on the early Aston DB4, DB5 and DB6 models. Though now it’s merely a tribute to the company’s association with the British marque. [To be continued...]