Aston Martin has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury and speed, but that hasn’t stopped the company from working with other companies to better its offerings. Unlike others (we’re looking at you, Porsche. Seriously, Porsche tech on a 1990 Seat Ibiza?) Aston only mixes with the best. The perfect case in point being Zagato.
Zagato is a coachbuilder, in the bespoke and body sense, not National Express. It takes beautiful cars and whittles them into something even more beautiful. It’s been doing it since around 1910, so it knows what’s what. And Aston isn’t a new partnership – Zagato starting working its Magis on Astons in 1960, with this…
If you need a lie down after a looking at that, we completely understand. It’s really quite the car. it’s also worth more than you have and will ever earn. So, maybe just keep this on your dream car list, because you’re probably not going to see on on AutoTrader.
Don’t worry though, there’s something more affordable. Um, relatively speaking. It’s this, the 2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante. Quite the mouthful, but totally worth saying. Especially as it leads onto us being able to show you this. Are you ready? Sure? It’s quite the car…
We like an Aston here at Onlymotors. No, sorry, we love an Aston. And who can blame us? They’re British, they’re the ride of choice for Mr Bond and, well, they’re just awesome. Something the Vanquish Zagato Volante embodies beautifully.
The car has just been announced at Pebble Beach. It’s in response to masses of customer demand. After seeing the coupe version the masses wanted a topless version. Aston and Zagato listened, and now we can expect this in 2017. The streets won’t be littered with them though – only 99 are being made.
The Volante (that’s what Aston calls its rag-tops) shares the dimensions of the coupe. And, thanks to the cutting-edge engineering used in its construction, it will drive almost as well despite lacking a roof. We don’t think scuttle shake will be an issue here.
Under that gorgeous bonnet lies the same V12 as the coupe. That means 592bhp and projected 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds. So, it’s no slouch. That’s good to know. The thing is, you’ll probably only use 8 of those horses, as you’ll want people to see it. JUST LOOK AT IT!
The body has been completely re-worked by Zagato. The rises and falls in the body add a level of detail previously unseen. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fibre sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear. It’s all very nice. Oh, and the rear lights share the same look and tech as those on Vulcan. Fancy.
“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasised the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasise the car’s sculpted rear haunches,” says Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. He had us at “haunches”.
Customer deliveries are expected in 2017, as the cars are currently in production. For more information, head to Aston’s site. Then your bank’s site, so you can remortgage and buy one.