99 Only Forever – Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato
Exactly a month back Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato proudly announced the Vanquish Zagato Concept, the latest creation blending their long-standing partnership at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held at Lake Como in Italy.
Now, today Aston Martin announces a limited series production of the stunning and exhilarating Vanquish Zagato Coupe. A limited production, built-to-order at Aston Martin’s production facility in Gaydon, England will produce only 99 of such examples of bespoke luxury.
Vanquish Zagato is formed with a near-identical of the Concept that was showcased at earlier for the public viewing at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, this production model is even more sleeker thanks to the new bodywork which is entirely shaped from carbon-fibre, with the split lines on the body significantly reduced by the use of large one-piece panels.
From the new round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic Zagato rear view, utilizing 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. Rippling carbon fibre sills run around the lower body to create a pronounced line from front to rear, with a quad-exhaust nestling within the curvaceous shapes
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.
Zagato 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.
With years of racing experience poured in the power-mill, Aston Martin’s 6.0L V12 powertrain has been uprated to increase its output to 600PS, capable of delivering a projected 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds. This added performance matched to a unique suspension setup will create a unique GT driving experience specific to the Vanquish Zagato model.
Inside, the Vanquish Zagato embodies the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship, replete with many singular touches. 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 center console.
This concerted alliance with Zagato dates back to 1960 with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato racing car – now valued at over an astronomical £10 million. Also 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 significant new chapter in the history of the two marques, a truly exclusive sporting GT that promises to be an iconic and highly sought after Aston Martin. Customer deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2017.
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