Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
Since I first sat in an Aston Martin my heart belongs to the British sports car manufacturer! I love the DBS, the Vantage V8 S, the Virage, the Rapide and the Vantage V12! Aston Martin laid the foundation stone of my passion: sports cars and racing…!
So there is a new member in the Aston Martin family – the Vaquish Zagato, what a breathtaking beauty! The Vaquish Zagato Concept was unveiled in May 2016 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in Italy. The strictly limited production run of 99 cars will be built to order at Aston Martin´s production facility in Gaydon! Aston Martin showcases the very best of bespoke luxury with the Vanquish Zagato. The spectacular sporting abilitiy, the acclaimed dynamic and well selected materials paired with Zagato´s signature design language.
Zagato and Aston Martin collaborate since 1960. Everythig started with the muscular DB4 GT4 Zagato racing car which is now valued at over £10 million. In 1986 it was the V8 Vantage Zagato, the DB7 Vantage Zagato came out in 2002 and just five years ago in 2011 they revelead the V12 Vantage Zagato.
The Vanquish Zagato is a powerful and at the same time beautiful addition to Aston Martin´s portfolio. A GT car that blends inherent refinement and capabilities with Zagato´s characteristic design! Aston Martin’s 6.0 L V12 powertrain has been upgrated to increase its output to 600PS, capable of delivering a projected 0-60mph time of in only 3.5 seconds! This added performance matched to a unique suspension setup will create a unique GT driving experience specific to the Vanquish Zagato model. The new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon-fibre, the split lines on the body were significantly reduced by the use of large one-piece panels.
Special design details include new lights with round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic Zagato rear view, using the same LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan, while the wing mirrors are closely related to the units developed for the One-77! The sculptural rear end has a close relationship to DB11’s aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for easy access to the luggage compartment. Rippling carbon fibre sills run around the lower body to create a pronounced line from front to rear, with a quad-exhaust nestling within the curvaceous shapes. The glasshouse wraps around the bodywork like a visor, enhancing its aggressive stance! A new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100.
The roof features the iconic ‘double-bubble’, its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car an unmistakeable rear silhouette. A Zagato trademark since the early 1950s, originally arose from the need to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile.
Inside, the Vanquish Zagato embodies the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship, replete with many singular touches. Herringbone carbon fibre is paired with shadow and anodized bronze and optional aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality. The Vanquish Zagato is also defined by the unique ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.
“The Vanquish Zagato is a significant new chapter in the history of the two marques, a truly exclusive sporting GT that promises to be an iconic and highly sought after Aston Martin. Customer deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2017.”
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