by Car Newsin
Back in June we reported that Aston Martin had confirmed a limited production run of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Coupe, a seriously sexy joint effort between Italian coachbuilder Zagato and British manufacturer Aston Martin. Given the prior success of collaborations between the two companies – which include the legendary DB4 GT Zagato of the 1960s – it was no surprise that all 99 planned units were already sold as of the announcement.
Aston Martin decided to piggyback on the positive public reception of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe and revealed at the recently completed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that they are planning to build a convertible variant – also limited to just 99 examples – called the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante.
The Volante loses the Coupe’s “double-bubble” roof, a Zagato design trademark, which is replaced by a bespoke folding soft-top mechanism, similar to that found on the standard Vanquish Volante. Twin cowls shaped into the luggage compartment cover continue through into the bodywork of the rear deck, giving the Volante a slightly different overall aesthetic than the coupe, but no less lustful, as Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, comments:
“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasized the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavored to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasize the car’s sculpted rear haunches.”
Both the coupe and convertible employ carbon fiber trim pieces around the lower edges of the body unique to the Vanquish Zagato models, including a front spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, the last of which appears to have been restyled for the Volante to compliment the revised rear deck.
The drivetrain in the Volante will remain consistent with that of the Coupe, calling on the services of Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V12, tuned to produce 592-hp versus the 568-hp produced by the V12 in their standard road cars. Aston estimate the convertible will do 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds slower than its roofed counterpart.
Unfortunately, the 592-hp V12 isn’t approved for road use in the US, so it appears American customers would have to take delivery with the 568-hp V12. An eight-speed automatic transmission appears to remain the only option in either case.
Aston Martin chose to showcase a tan interior on the Volante, which receives the same “Z” quilt stitch pattern on the seat inserts and door panels as the Coupe, as well as the embossed Zagato “Z” logos on the headrests and center console. Customers can also consult with Aston Martin’s in-house customization department, “Q by Aston Martin,” to have their Zagato’s interior upgraded with materials like herringbone carbon fiber and Bridge of Weir leather.
Customers will begin taking delivery of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante beginning in 2017. The MSRP has not been revealed, but surely it will be north of the estimated $700,000 price of the Coupe.