We already know the score with one half of Aston Martin’s DBZ Centenary Collection – the achingly beautiful DB4 GT Zagato continuation. And now we have these images of the other half, the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato. And it’s making us weak at the knees.
As the name suggests, the DBS GTZ is based on Aston’s top-of-the-range DBS Superleggera super GT. Aston Martin’s in-house design team, lead by chief creative officer Marek Reichman, worked with Zagato to create a car that looks radically different while still retaining a silhouette that’s recognisably DBS – much like the classic DB4 GTZ.
At this stage, Aston hasn’t yet detailed all the stylistic changes that separate DBS SL from DBS GTZ. But the Gaydon marque has elaborated on the GTZ’s signature elements.
The roof is made from a single, massive piece of carbonfibre running from the top of the windscreen back to the leading edge of the bootlid. Sounds like it’d look awful, but it’s beautifully integrated. It does, however, eliminate the back window. Instead, a camera feeds the view behind to a screen on the dashboard.
At the front is an incredibly elaborate grille made from 108 diamond-shaped bits of carbonfibre. They are, in fact, shutters that close when the car is stationary and open when the engine is turned on.
Why? Reichman explained: “This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too. Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it’s resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers.”
Other details we can see in these images include intricate rear lights, side strakes not unlike those on the old Aston One-77 and a new bonnet.
Just 19 examples of the DBS GT Zagato will be built, matching the number of DB4 GTZ continuations. They come as a pair costing £6 million. Handily, and unlike the DB4 GTZ, the DBS GTZ is road legal. We really hope some owners are brave enough to actually use their DBS GTZ, rather than lock it away in a vault.
By Graham King