Aston Martin, in collaboration with Italian design-house Zagato, has announced a limited series production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe. It had its premiere in concept form at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. Due to unprecedented customer interest, a strictly limited production run of 99 cars will be built to order at Aston Martin's production facility in Gaydon, England. Customer deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2017.
The design of the production Vanquish Zagato will be closely related to the concept exhibited at Villa d'Este. The design details include new lights with round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic Zagato rear view, using the same 'bladed' LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan, while the wing mirrors are closely related to the units developed for the One-77. The Vanquish Zagato's 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.
The Vanquish Zagato’s 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. A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline. 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.
Vanquish Zagato is the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, pairing Aston Martin with Zagato. The collaboration with Zagato began with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato racing car of 1960 – now valued at over £10 million -, and includes the V8 Vantage Zagato launched in 1986, the 2002 DB7 Vantage Zagato and the V12 Vantage Zagato revealed in 2011. The Vanquish Zagato is a powerful addition to that portfolio with Aston Martin's 6.0L V12 powertrain at the helm with power output being updated to 594bhp, while doing a 0-97kmph sprint in time of 3.5 seconds. Inside, 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.