Aston Martin turned the gorgeous Zagato Concept into a limited-edition production car

The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin used the nameplate to replace the aging Virage. Equipped with a sporty yet stylish interior and an upgraded 5.9-liter V-12 engine, the V12 Vanquish stands out among other Aston Martins thanks to its impressive performance figures and styling cues borrowed from the limited edition One-77 supercar. After 15 years on the market, the Vanquish has finally spawned a Zagato-designed special edition. The fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, the Vanquish Zagato is the production version of the concept car that Aston Martin showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier in 2016.

Prepared for production thanks to "unprecedented customer interest," the Vanquish Zagato is actually identical to the concept car, down to the wild exterior design and the souped-up V-12 engine. Set to be produced in only 99 units, the Vanquish Zagato joins the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato, the 1986 V8 Vantage Zagato, the 2002 DB7 Vantage Zagato, and the 2011 V12 Vantage Zagato as one of the rarest Aston Martins ever created.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato.

Exterior

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Although Aston Martin describes the Vanquish Zagato as "closely related to the concept," the two vehicles are actually identical as far as the exterior design goes. Up front, highlights include the massive grille with integrated LED fog lamps at each corner, a redesigned hood, and large splitter for enhanced downforce.

Around back, the Vanquish Zagato has a sculptural design borrowed from the DB11, complete with a retractable spoiler and rear hatch for easy access to the luggage compartment

The side view showcases the same new body panels and sculpted side skirts we saw on the concept earlier in 2016. The iconic Aston Martin side strake has been redesigned to run from wheel arch to the door just like on the new DB11, a detail inspired by the CC-100 anniversary concept. The side mirrors are inspired by the One-77’s and feature an aerodynamically optimized design.

Around back, the Vanquish Zagato has a sculptural design borrowed from the DB11, complete with a retractable spoiler and rear hatch for easy access to the luggage compartment. The round taillights harken back to the classic Zagato rear view, while the Vulcan-inspired bladed LED technology gives it a modern feel. The rear section is rounded off by a quad-exhaust layout and a big, diffuser-like element.

Finally, the roof features the iconic "double-bubble", a Zagato trademark since the early 1950s. This design element was originally conceived to enable race cars to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile.

Just like the concept, the production model’s body is made entirely from carbon-fiber.

Interior

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Unlike the exterior, the interior of the Vanquish Zagato still looks familiar compared to the standard Vanquish. However, the cockpit was enhanced with materials and features that can’t be had on regular Aston Martins. Highlights include "Herringbone" carbon-fiber painted with anodized bronze detailing on the center stack, aniline leather, a unique "Z" quilt pattern stitch on the seats and door panels, "Z" embossed headrests and center console, and double contrast stitching on the upper door panels. The "Z" stitch was also incorporated into the headliner, providing a strong contrast with the dark background. Aston Martin craftsmanship at its best!

Drivetrain

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The drivetrain is also identical to the concept’s, which means that the Vanquish Zagato gets its juice from a beefed-up, naturally aspirated, 5.9-liter V-12 that cranks out 600 PS (592 horsepower) and 465 pound-feet of torque. That’s 24 PS (24 horsepower) more than the standard Vanquish, an advantage that improves the 0-to-60 mph sprint by a tenth-second to 3.5 ticks. However, the U.S.-spec model is rated at 580 horsepower, 12 horses less than the European and British versions. The eight-speed automatic transmission remains standard. Aston Martin says that the limited-edition GT also benefits from a unique suspension setup.

Prices

Pricing for the Vanquish Zagato has yet to be revealed, but given that the standard model retails from around $300,000, it’s safe to assume that the rebodied, limited edition model will fetch well in excess of $400,000.

Competition

Ferrari F12tdf

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Based on the F12berlinetta, the F12tdf is a special-edition grand tourer that pays tribute to the legendary Tour de France automobile race, an event Ferrari cars dominated from 1956 through 1964. Although it’s not as exclusive as the Vanquish at 699 units built, the F12tdf has all the premises to become a prized collectible in just a few years. Its design is far more aggressive than the standard model, the interior has a handful of unique features, while output has been increased from 730 horsepower and 510 pound-feet to 769 horses and 519 pound-feet. Coupled with a bespoke transmission that shifts 30-percent quicker and a four-wheel steering system, the F12tdf charges from 0 to 62 mph in an amazing 2.9 seconds and up to a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Pricing for this model is still a mystery, but the sticker is rumored to sit around the $500,000 mark.

Find out more about the Ferrari F12tdf here.

Lamborghini Aventador SV

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A mid-engined supercar, the Aventador is out of the Vanquish’s league, but when it comes to bespoke and powerful vehicles, you can’t go wrong with a Lambo. Much like the F12tdf, the SuperVeloce is an Avendator with a more aggressive and aerodynamic body kit, as well as a beefed-up powerplant. But, unlike both the Aston Martin and the Ferrari, the Lambo comes with a large rear wing and a race-inspired design. Motivation comes from the brand’s tried-and-true 6.5-liter V-12 engine, which for the SV has been massaged to produce 740 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. That’s just enough to enable the Aventador SV to hit 62 mph in 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 217 mph. Pricing for the SV is set at $400,995 in the U.S.

Read more about the Lamborghini Aventador SV here.

Conclusion

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When Aston Martin introduced the Zagato Concept at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, I didn’t have much hope for a production model, and I hoped that the show car would at least preview the third-generation Vanquish. It turns out I was wrong and I’m actually quite happy because of that. Arguably one of the most beautiful Aston Martins launched in a very long time, the limited-edition GT is solid proof that Zagato still knows how to design gorgeous cars and that the Vanquish still has a lot to offer in its current generation. Granted, it’s not as quick as the Ferrari F12tdf and it doesn’t have the race-inspired kit of the Avendator SV, but the Vanquish Zagato is the kind of sexy grand tourer that only a collaboration between a British firm and Italy’s finest coachbuilder can deliver. On looks alone, the Vanquish Zagato plays in a league of its own!.

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Press Release

Aston Martin today announces a limited series production of the exhilarating Vanquish Zagato Coupe; the latest creation from its long-standing partnership with the prestigious Italian design-house Zagato.

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The Vanquish Zagato Concept was unveiled to great acclaim at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. Thanks to unprecedented customer interest, a strictly limited production run of 99 cars will be built to order at Aston Martin’s production facility in Gaydon, England.

Vanquish Zagato is the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, pairing Aston Martin’s acclaimed dynamic and material qualities with Zagato’s signature design language. As well as spectacular sporting ability, Vanquish Zagato showcases the very best of Aston Martin’s bespoke luxury.

The collaboration with Zagato began with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato racing car of 1960 – now valued at over £10 million -, and 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 powerful addition to that portfolio; a GT car that blends Aston Martin’s inherent refinement and capabilities with Zagato’s characteristic design details, born out of racing and honed over many years of creating elegant luxury sports cars. Aston Martin’s 6.0L V12 powertrain has been uprated to increase its output to 600PS1, 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.

The design of the production Vanquish Zagato will be closely related to the concept exhibited at Villa d’Este. With proportions that remain quintessentially Aston Martin. The new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon-fibre, with the split lines on the body significantly reduced by the use of large one-piece panels.

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Other design details include new lights with round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic Zagato rear view, using 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.

The roof 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.

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 centre console.

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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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