It was unveiled at the ultra-swanky Concours Villa d’Este on Lake Como a couple of months ago as a concept. But there was never really any doubt that the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato would be put into production.
And so it has come to pass, Aston announcing a limited run of 99 copies will be built after it received “unprecedented customer interest.” In other words, they have already sold every single one without even trying. The Vanquish Zagato is the sixth in a line of collaborations with the great Italian styling house that stretches back to the iconic DB4 GT Zagato of 1960.
The Vanquish carries overtones of its illustrious forebear in its tightly-drawn haunches and curvily muscular surfacing, but it equally draws on more contemporary Astons. There’s a heavy hint of DB11 in the rear aspect, the ‘bladed’ LED rear light technology is lifted from the Vulcan and the door mirrors are developed from the One-77.
For my money though, the best detail is Zagato’s signature ‘double bubble’ roof, originally intended to provide a bit of extra headroom so the driver and navigator could wear helmets. It’s no wonder many Zagato-bodied cars became hugely successful racers.
The bodywork is rendered entirely in carbonfibre and designed with as few individual panels as possible to cut down on unsightly ‘split lines’. Which will have been hugely difficult and expensive, but such is the attention to detail, here.
Inside, the Vanquish Zagato is all herringbone carbonfibre, adonized bronze and a ‘Z’ pattern quilted into the seat upholstery. There’s the option of extra leather on the dashboard facia, vents and rotary controls, too.
The usual, wailing 6.0-litre V12 lives under the bonnet. A few tweaks have upped power to 592bhp, which results in a 0-62mph time of 3.5secs.
Price of entry? Half a million or so. Which is a lot, but to put that in perspective, the aforementioned DB4 GT Zagato commands eight-figure sums these days.
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By Only Motors