Aston Martin will reveal the new Vanquish Zagato at the Villa d'Este concours event in Italy
Aston Martin and Italian design house Zagato have joined forces once again to launch a new limited-edition model, the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato.
The new car will be unveiled at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como, the same event at which the 2011 V12 Zagato was unveiled. The Vanquish Zagato follows on from that model in style but is even more comprehensively equipped, making it the most luxurious Aston Martin yet made.
The model is the result of a close collaboration between Andrea Zagato, company CEO (and grandson of founder Ugo Zagato), and Aston Martin’s chief exterior designer, Miles Nurnberger, the whole project overseen by design director Marek Reichman. The bodywork is produced in large, one-piece carbonfibre panels that reduce split lines in the body and help to keep weight down.
It’s certainly what we’ve come to expect of an Aston Martin Zagato: lighter and more powerful (with 600bhp) than the donor car, good-looking and yet unashamedly aggressive, and possessing certain design cues that have defined these limited-edition models since the very first, the DB4 GT Zagato, broke cover at Earls Court in 1960.
The modern-day interpretation of that typical Aston Zagato brutality is clear to see in the new Vanquish Zagato. The huge front grille, the bulging rear wings, the exaggerated front overhang and the truncated tail with deploying spoiler make for a car that’s racier and more powerful-looking than the majority of the Aston Martin range, and, just to allay any doubt that this is a Zagato, there’s the double-bubble roof, a Zagato trademark since the ’50s (though it didn’t feature on the DB4 GT Zagato).
There are plenty of obvious Aston Martin influences too: some elements reference the new DB11, especially the aerodynamic profile, and other influences can be seen in the mirrors and rear end (One-77), the bladed LED rear lights (Vulcan) in classic round Zagato style, and the strake running from wheelarch to door (CC-100 concept and DB11).
Inside, it’s just as striking, with aniline (uncoated) leather, quilted in a unique pattern that, unsurprisingly, references the classic Z-shape. Switchgear is knurled aluminium, interior brightwork gets a bronze metallic coating and the finishing will be of an even higher quality than that of the current top-of-the-range Vanquish.