When it comes to bespoke cars and coachbuilding companies, Zagato is a name we simply cannot ignore. The Milan-based manufacturer is mostly known for redesigning several Italian automobiles, but it is also responsible for meddling with other vehicles, like the Ford Mustang and the Cadillac Eldorado. The Italians are also famous for creating a handful of breathtaking Aston Martins through a cooperation that dates back to the 1960 DB4 GT. Zagato also designed the DBS Coupe Centennial for the company’s anniversary in 2013, and in 2014, the Italians and Brits are back in the spotlight with the Virage Shooting Brake.

This stunning new vehicle comes right on time for Zagato’s 95th anniversary and joins the Lamborghini 5-95, a unique, Gallardo-based supercar specifically designed for long-time collector Albert Spiess. Much like the 5-95, the Virage Shooting Brake was also built for a wealthy collector, but this time the Italians have dropped the supercar-like appearance in favor of cutting-edge styling cues. It also marks the completion of the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy that also included the DBS Coupe and the DB9 Spider. Let’s have a closer look at this rebodied Virage, shall we?

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake By Zagato.

Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake By Zagato in detail

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The first intriguing detail about Zagato’s new Shooting Brake is the base car itself. Aston Martin discontinued the Virage in 2012, after a mere 18 months of production. It’s likely the owner brought his own Virage to Zagato, which pretty much explains why the concept isn’t based on a DB9 or a Vanquish.

Origins aside, the Virage had most of its body rebuilt, with very few cues reminding us of what was used as a base car. Both the front and rear fascias have been redesigned and are now inline with the other two bespoke Aston Martins from the Centennial lineup.

Similarities to its Centennial siblings include the basic shape of the front end, and the way the beltline and the character lines run from the front fenders toward the back. The Shooting Brake’s rear end is also nearly identical to that of the Centennial twins, but its roof gives the back end some added character.

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Maybe "shooting brake" might not be the best term here, at least not in a traditional way, as the roof goes nearly flat toward the rear. We can that Zagato aimed to achieve a modern interpretation of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Volante of the mid-1980s, and the Italians have succeeded once again.

There’s no word on engine modifications, but it’s safe to assume the Shooting Brake retains the Virage’s stock engine. The V-12 unit displaces 6.0 liters, and cranks out 490 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A standard Virage needs 4.6 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and comes with a top speed of 186 mph.

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Press Release

For Zagato, 2014 is a very important year. It commemorates 95 years of continuous activity, innovative design and three generations of Zagato family leadership.

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Following the world debut of the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Zagato Atelier continues celebrating its 95th anniversary with the grand debut of the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato at the Chantilly Art & Elegance. This mark’s Zagato’s second world premiere in 2014.

This one-of-a-kind car was commissioned by a European client who desired an atelier-level, collectible modern car. This project signifies:
o A bespoke Zagato design for an elite Aston Martin model with cutting-edge styling cues;
o It pays homage to Zagato’s artistic, Italian coachbuilding tradition on the canvas of a shooting brake body shape;
o The completion of the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy, which started in 2013 with the highly-acclaimed DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial, to celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

TOP-OF-CLASS DESIGN PROPOSAL

The Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato represents a new, exclusive creation for Aston Martin’s limited range of elite models. It represents a point break in traditional modern Aston design that has characterized all Zagato cars since the introduction of the DB7. A modern interpretation with design cues of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Volante of the mid 80s, the new Shooting Brake Zagato creates surprise and fascination with a new shape while maintaining Zagato and Aston Martin’s core design values.

COMPLETING THE TRILOLGY

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In 2013, Zagato Atelier paid tribute to Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary with the announcement of the DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial, conceived for the well-known American car collector Peter Read, and the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial, delivered to a young Japanese collector of modern Zagato cars. Both cars were officially shown for the first time on the 21st of July at Kensington Gardens in London during the official celebration.

After Zagato’s Coupé and Spider, the Shooting Brake marks the natural succession among the most appreciated body styles, both in the Italian and British tradition. As originally envisioned for Aston Martin’s Centennial, Zagato’s Trilogy arrives also in time with its own 95th Anniversary:
o Three different Aston Martin donor cars: DBS, DB9 and VIRAGE.
o Three different models of body works: Coupè, Spider and Shooting Brake.
o Three clients from three different continents: Asia, America and Europe.

BRITISH ORIGIN, ITALIAN TRADITION

The Shooting Brake body has had different meanings throughout automotive history. Since the 60s, however, it commonly refers to a luxury coupé, rigorously-styled with two doors and a functional boot space. This body was created to accommodate drivers’ sport and leisure passions, such as hunting or golf, while providing the exciting driving experience of a fast and exclusive GT. Nearly all of the most prestigious English marques include a Shooting Brake model (or an "authorized" conversion) in their model line.

Aston Martin was a real pioneer in this field and has remained a trendsetter. After some conversions made during the 60s and the 70s by local coachbuilders and customizers on the DB5, DB6 and DBS basis, the company decided to engage in the particular niche of Shooting Brake design on its own starting in the early 90s. This was entrusted to the actual Aston Martin’s Customer Service Division, which managed special requests.

Despite its British origin, the Shooting Brake shape has always been highly valued in Italy and, therefore, all of the top Italian coachbuilders expressed their ability with this body style. For example: Fiat 130 Maremma by Pininfarina (1974), Ferrari 330 GTC 2+2 by Vignale (1965), Lamborghini Flying Star by Touring (1966), Aston Martin Jet 2 by Bertone (2004), Mercedes 230 SLX Shooting Brake by Frua (1964), Chrysler Plainsman Two-door Station Wagon by Ghia (1956) and Zagato itself with the Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 Shooting Brake (1995).

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Since its founding in 1919, Zagato has mainly focused on sport and race cars. As a leading coachbuilder since the beginning with 2-door/2-seat coupé and spider variations, Andrea Zagato decided to re-interpret the sleek body of the Aston Martin Virage as a Shooting Brake under a "Milanese" design approach, in perfect accordance with the model’s outstanding performance capability.

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