Vanquish Zagato Coupe and Volante united with Speedster and Shooting Brake
Four’s a company Vanquish Zagato Coupe and Volante united with Speedster and Shooting Brake
Vanquish Zagato was introduced almost a year back when Aston Martin announced of reviving the long-standing partnership with Italian prestigious design-house Zagato to bring back 99-only Vanquish Zagato Coupes. Now one year passed, today there’s an addition of Volante combined with Speedster and Shooting Brake to make four’s a company. Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman describe the need for individuality by customers.
Before discussing anything else, let’s get to the thing that matters the most- the production number. This ‘family’ of four Vanquish Zagato models will yield a total of 325 cars. This already includes the above mention 99 Vanquish Zagato coupes. Followed by the Vanquish Zagato Volante, again strictly limited to 99 cars (interestingly all of them are already sold out, weep weep). The production has been commenced and deliveries will be completed through 2018. The roster is full.
Why create a family of Zagatos? Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. And yes, some of them have ordered one example of each. There’s always an over-demand from our clients and patrons. We could easily fulfill the demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars. With only 325 cars worldwide, divided between 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters and 99 Shooting Brakes – they are still the rarest of the rare.”
However, AM is considering the Vanquish Zagato Speedster is the rarest of all, hence the production restricted to just 28 cars. So what about the order book of Speedster, your guess here is as good as mine, 28 isn’t a task for Aston Martin, they’re gone too. You may see one in 2018 depending upon the region where they went, so it’s unknown. My advice – do take a selfie, it will worth a lifetime accomplishment. the Completing the quartet, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will also enter production in 2018, with a total build run of 99 cars matching those of the Coupe and Volante. Seeing Shooting Brake in the supplied images by AM press room, Shooting Brake is more unique and equally stunning. So run Forrest and book one before they too ran out of the order book slips!
Technically speaking, all four based upon the Vanquish S, each Zagato enjoys the combination of 600PS naturally-aspirated V12 mated to the smooth, shifting Touchtronic III transmission. Together with adaptive damping – fine-tuned for each model – the Vanquish Zagato family promises exceptional driving pleasure that is every bit as stimulating and memorable as their design.
Aston Martin believes that the Speedster and Shooting Brake represent the two extremes of the Vanquish Zagato family. The former is an uncompromising roofless design that expresses the raw excitement of an open-top ultra-high performance sports car. The boldest aspect of the Speedster’s design is the Speed Humps that rise up to form streamlined cowls that flow back from the seats, representing Zagato’s signature ‘double-bubble’ roof. All the body panels are made from carbon fibre (like the other cars in the Vanquish Zagato family), while shared details, such as the Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired ‘Blade’ tail lights and repeated 3D Zagato ‘Z’ motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes, create an unbroken stylistic thread that connects these otherwise individual creations.
On another hand, the Shooting Brake is an affair of two-seats only GT. The extended roof on the concept sketch bears the iconic Zagato ‘double-bubble’ surfacing complete with glass inlays to let light flood into the cockpit. The sculptural roof culminates in a powered tailgate that opens onto a luxuriously trimmed rear cabin area, complete with a tailored luggage set. With dramatic herringbone carbon fiber fascia with anodised bronze rotary controls, extensive ‘Z’ motif quilting and the option of a fully aniline leather upholstery, the Shooting Brake is a fitting complement to the Coupe, Volante and Speedster.
The Zagato Story
Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato said of the enduring creative partnership: “Zagato’s relationship with Aston Martin began with my grandfather and the DB4 GT Zagato, almost sixty years ago. To have a creative ‘marriage‘ thrive for three generations is something as unique as the cars themselves. My family name is associated with all kinds of wonderful designs, but for many enthusiasts and collectors around the world, those that combine the Z of Zagato with the wings of Aston Martin are the most special. Collaborating closely on the design of four complementary, yet completely different Vanquish Zagatos has been an incredibly exciting challenge. I’m proud to continue the story my grandfather started and thrilled that our partnership with Aston Martin continues to realize such exciting cars.