Aston Martin and Italian design firm Zagato are at it again, teaming up to bring us yet another sports car that showcases through its stunning lines the uppermost reaches of automotive design.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, the fifth collaborative effort between Aston and Zagato, first appeared as a concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, just over a month ago. Its favorable reception at the concours combined with strong interest from potential customers have allowed Aston Martin to announce earlier this week a limited production run of 99 units to be built at their facilities in Gaydon, England.
Aston Martin have stated that the production model will be “closely related” to the concept shown at the Villa d’Este, and I’m sure every one of the 99 prospective owners will have no qualms with that as it is a gorgeous GT. The muscular rear haunches, the lack of unsightly creases mitigated by the use of large one-piece body panels, the visor-shape of the front and side windows, these design cues all work together on the Vanquish Zagato to exude simultaneously a feeling of speed and elegance — the calling card of Aston Martin and Zagato’s former works.
The Vanquish Zagato also steals some of the best styling elements from other highly desirable Aston Martin vehicles, including the “bladed” LED tail lights found on the Aston Martin Vulcan, similar side mirrors as those from the One-77 and the sculpted rear-end of the new DB11, creating a sort of Aston Martin parts bin car — one that we will take everyday of the week.
And we’ll take Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V12 powertrain as well, especially as its been given a roughly 24-hp bump to make an even 600-hp, which should be good for 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. Along with the modest power increase, the Vanquish Zagato will get its own unique suspension setup, tuned to create a “unique GT driving experience,” which I’d interpret to mean sporty, but forgiving.
Indeed, it’s easy to envision just soaking up the miles on long, scenic road trips nestled in the comfort of the Vanquish Zagato’s cabin, which is as arguably as beautiful as the vehicle’s exterior. A special “Z” pattern quilt stitch used on the seats and on the door panels in a contrasting color adds a striking and perhaps slightly over-the-touch top to the Vanquish Zagato’s interior, which when seen against the Herringbone carbon-fiber and anodized bronze trim bits makes it look like the interior of a museum of contemporary art — in a good way.
And by now, if Aston Martin and I have done their respective jobs correctly, you should be screaming, “I want one, I want one!” Alas, all 99 promised units, set to begin delivery in the beginning of 2017, are already off the market at an estimated price of around $700,000. I suppose we can wait for the next time Zagato and Aston decide to join forces — I’m sure whatever it is they have in store, it will be worth the wait.