When Aston Martin revealed the jaw-dropping Vanquish Zagato Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este back in May, it was officially just that: a concept. That didn’t stop people dreaming, though, and now Aston Martin has made dreams come true for 99 lucky buyers with a production-ready Vanquish Zagato. Get ready to click on and swoon all over again…
Yup, the production car is just as stunning as the concept. It gives the Vanquish Coupe a much harder edge, with the distinctive, quirky styling features that are a speciality of the Zagato brand.
It’s at its most ‘Zagato’ from the rear, where the trademark Aston Martin badge-mimicking tail lamps are replaced by amazing round LED ‘blade’ lights. They’re like dual afterburners (and, as you’ll see later, the detailing is exquisite).
The hand-made body is built entirely from carbon fibre – and Aston Martin has made sure the purity of the shape is retained by using massive single-piece panels instead of spoiling the curves with shutlines. We shudder to think what this could mean for repair costs.
Naturally, the legendary Zagato ‘Z’ logo features heavily. It’s this that will make it such an idolised Aston Martin in years to come, mark our words.
This latest Aston Martin Zagato is the fifth model from the long-standing collaboration between the British sports car brand and the famous Italian design house. It’s a partnership that dates right back to 1960 and the DB4 GT Zagato racing car.
Check out the Zagato double-bubble roof too, a trademark of the Italian firm since the 1950s. It flows elegantly into the rear window, something we can’t imagine was easy or straightforward to put into production – yet another reason why this car is so special.
More recent Zagato Aston Martins include the 1986 V8 Vantage Zagato, the 2002 DB7 Vantage Zagato and the 2011 V12 Vantage Zagato. It’s a small and wonderfully select lineage, which is why Aston fans are getting so excited about this 2016 Vanquish Zagato. Oh, and look closely here – recognise the door mirrors? Yes, they’re almost identical to the ones on the One-77 supercar.
It’s no slouch either, this new Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato – thanks to an uprated 600hp version of the regular Vanquish 6.0-litre V12 engine.
Aston predicts a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds, making this an exceptionally rapid car despite its standout styling. Oh, and don’t worry about the corners either: there’s a unique, uprated suspension set-up that should cope with it all. A DB11-style retractable rear spoiler will also provide useful extra rear end downforce.
Inside, it’s much more like the regular Vanquish it’s derived from, but Zagato extras include seats with a ‘Z’ quilt stitch pattern, herringbone carbon figure and the Zagato ‘Z’ stitched into the headrests and centre console.
Aston Martin has developed a new style of side strake for the Vanquish Zagato, mimicking the CC-100 concept car and the new DB11 supercar. The ripple-effect carbon fibre lower body is also a distinctive detail.
Deliveries of the new Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato begin in the first quarter of next year, with the undisclosed price rumoured to be a cool £500,000. But if your name’s not already on the list, then it’s not a worry you need have. Instead, let’s ogle a video and some more images of the delicious new 2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato…