Aston Martin will be celebrating the iconic DB4GT Zagato’s 50th anniversary with a new concept car developed in collaboration with the Italian design house Zagato. The concept car made its first appearance at the Villa D’Este Concours on May 21st, 2011 and will make its racing debut at Nürburgring on May 28th.

Dr. Ulrich Bez, Chief Executive said: "The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration. Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time."

The original Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato made its first appearance in 1960 at the London Motor Show. It was essentially a much lighter DB4 GT that got worked on by the Italian Coachbuilder to include a 3670 cc straight-6 DOHC engine that produced 314 HP with a top speed of 154 mph.

UPDATE 07/01/2011: The V12 Zagato has finally been listed on the Aston Martin web page, giving us an official confirmation that it will soon go on sale. According to the web site, "only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built" and we will get more details about in the next few weeks.

UPDATE 07/0711: Now this is what we’re talking about! Aston Martin has finally given the pricing for the V12 Zagato. But that’s where the good news ends, at least as far as those that will have a hard time affording it. Anybody who wants to score this limited edition piece of beauty will have to shell out £330,000, which is around $528,000 based on current exchange rates. Gulp.

UPDATE 08/12/11: Aston Martin announced today that the V12 Zagato concept next with the One-77 supercar will make their American debuts in Monterey from August 17th to 21st. The V12 Zagato will debut in the evening of Wednesday August 17th at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and Aston Martin has confirmed once again that a strictly limited production run of the V12 Zagato will commence in summer 2012.

"Guests will be given the rare opportunity to test drive our latest model range, including the new Virage and Vantage S, as well as the four-door Rapide" commented Julian Jenkins, Vice President Aston Martin the Americas. "We are very excited about the program this year including the debut of the V12 Zagato, and we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share our celebrations at The Aston Martin Estate."

Hit the jump to read more about the new V12 Zagato endurance racer concept.

And the second one:

Exterior and Interior

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The new V12 Zagato is based on a V12 Vantage model, but incorporates the technologies applied in the One-77 supercar. The model is built on a handcrafted aluminum body, which allowed the team to easily model the car’s form. The result of this work is a car with a beautiful and muscular design.

Each front wing alone comprises seven separate pieces of aluminum, combined and then hand finished to give one flowing form. Another iconic Zagato design cue is the double bubble roof created, in this case, from five separate pieces illustrating further the intensity of craftsmanship involved in the construction of the V12 Zagato.

Director of Design, Marek Reichman said: "The Design team at Gaydon spent time refining the concept using a mixture of the latest computer based modelling techniques along with crafting traditional clay models to give a real world idea of proportion, stance and detail. The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials."


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Under the hood, the V12 Zagato features a 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and 420 lb ft of torque. The engine is mated to a rear mid-mounted, six-speed automated manual gearbox with auto shift manual/select shift manual (ASM/SSM) electric hydraulic control system that sends the power to the rear wheels.


2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept Exterior Drawings
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The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will make its first appearance at the Lake Como, Italy at the Villa D’Este Concours tomorrow and then its first race debut will be at the Nürburgring 24 hour race on June 25-26, 2011. The model will be followed by a production version, in extremely limited numbers. Expect that production version to appear sometime next year.


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The one thing limiting the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is the number of production units. Other models such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Porsche Turbo S will deliver the same performance as the Aston, but these models are available for anyone with the money to purchase them.

As a reminder, the Ferrari 458 Italia is powered by a 4.5 Liter V8 engine that produces 570 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds to a top speed of 202 MPH. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is powered by a six cylinder boxer engine with an output of 530 HP. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 195 MPH.

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  (466) posted on 12.15.2011

It looks so luscious on its abstract design! smiley Anyway, if I’m compared the looks of it with its competitor, I can say that this Zagato will surely stand out. I just only hope that Aston Martin won’t stay it as a concept vehicle.

  (569) posted on 12.5.2011

Just too bad it is still a concept! Well, I hope that it won’t stay as a concept only. Moreover, its engine output is truly so impressive for this Zagato and because of that I will surely wait for this.

  (276) posted on 11.24.2011

It is already looking so awesome with its red body paint, and I noticed that the air intake on its front bumper only adds more aggressive looks with it. I’m also glad that they used an impressive engine on it.

  (830) posted on 10.19.2011

Zagato is definitely looking good on its body paint and even if, it really doesn’t have lots of styling, I can say that it was already totally perfect for me, I just only hope that they would this one on the market.

  (647) posted on 10.5.2011

Aston is one the outstanding manufacturer of an ideal sports car. Definitely with this car, you could see how far and wide their concept creating masterpiece for every sports car. Even in plain color scheme it still became elegant and dominating.

  (569) posted on 08.26.2011

The figure performance of the car is so impressive. Plus, the styling of the car is quite awesome. I wonder if this car was already out in the market.

  (594) posted on 08.26.2011

I’m really impressed with the figure performance of the vehicle. Aside from the styling, I like the decent and elegant styling of the car.

  (231) posted on 08.25.2011

The figure performance of the car is kind of impressive. And it seems faster in terms of 0-60 mph. This would be a high speed performing vehicle.

  (287) posted on 08.25.2011

I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the vehicle. The Zagato is one of the best production. I bet this car will spice up the competition in the market.

  (317) posted on 08.1.2011

Having a V12 engine must deliver almost 700+HP, but his one delivers only less. I think this is not considerable. More upgrades are needed on this car. It can’t beat the Italia 458 having that kind of power.

  (231) posted on 08.1.2011

It seems that they have a lot of details for its interior and exterior compare to its engine. I would love to see a upgraded engine performance for the car.

  (372) posted on 08.1.2011

The power output of the v12 engine is kind of disappointing. I think the one-77 is more powerful compare to this vehicle. With that performance, I guess the pricing cost much! Its competitor would be more aggressive than this car.

  (197) posted on 07.29.2011

With the engine performance like that I wonder on how they are going to have a good sale? I suggest they made a redo before debuting this car and boost the power of the car.

  (526) posted on 07.29.2011

I think it would be better if they just let the Ferrari car to use that color. The power output of the car is not that impressive for a v12 technology. I wonder on why this car competing the Italia and Turbo S.

  (412) posted on 07.21.2011

Most concepts of Zagato are pretty cool and successful so many people will probably wait for their next concept to be released and also, the v12 engine gives the car a powerful performance.

  (419) posted on 07.6.2011

I wonder what would be their next Zagato model. Ig I am correct, they usually work on these every two years, so they will likely release a new one by 2013 or 2014. that’s certainly something to look forward to.

  (441) posted on 07.6.2011

This Zagato Concept is indeed a hell of a ride. I like it more than the racing type of V12 Zagato. This one has the pure heat of the road. I think we have a new baby here. Hope to see more updates on this one.

  (399) posted on 07.5.2011

As expected, they will be putting this one into limited production. As of the last thing that I have heard, it would be just around 120 units, and a lot of those are probably bought already.

  (448) posted on 07.4.2011

Hmm, if they said that it’s strictly limited, it is likely that they would produce no more than a hundred units of this one. And if I am correct, it is likely that half of these already have owners signed up for them.

  (858) posted on 07.4.2011

I wonder on what does the Aston Martin waiting before they would put this car into sale. With the awesome look and performance of the car I bet it would sell like a hotcake in the market. BTW, I hope to see it in the inside.

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