The latest Zagato-designed Aston Martin gets a convertible version

The second-generation V12 Vanquish was introduced in 2012, 11 years after Aston Martin used the nameplate to replace the aging Virage. Although it borrows the same styling cues made popular by the DB9, the Vanquish stands out thanks to its design features inspired by the One-77 supercar, sporty yet stylish interior, and a powerful 5.9-liter V-12 engine. Set to be replaced before 2018, the Vanquish is still being used as a base for numerous limited-edition grand tourers.

In 2016, Aston Martin unveiled the Vanquish Zagato, the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades. Previewed by a concept car that Aston Martin showcased at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier in 2016, the production coupe has been joined by a convertible at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Set to be produced in only 99 units, just like the coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante follows in the footsteps of the 1987 V8 Vantage Volante and the 2003 DB AR1 as an exclusive Zagato-built sports car with a bespoke body. And, if its predecessors are any indication, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will become one of the rarest Aston Martins ever created.

Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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

What makes the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante special

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Aside from the missing roof, the Vanquish Zagato Volanto is identical to the coupe.

Aside from the missing roof, the Vanquish Zagato Volanto is identical to the coupe that was unveiled in June 2016, including the fact that its body is made entirely of carbon-fiber. This is both good and bad news.

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The good news is that it gets all the cool design cues seen on the Zagato-penned coupe. The drop-top sports the same massive grille with LED daytime running lights at each corner, the big splitter underneath, and the muscular engine hood at the front. Onto the side, it has the same sculpted side skirts, a DB11-inspired fender strake, and One-77-inspired side mirrors. Around back, the sculptural styling is complemented by a retractable spoiler, round taillights that harken back to classic Zagato designs, Vulcan-inspired bladed LED lights, and a quad-exhaust layout integrated into a sporty diffuser.

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As the trunk lid has been reshaped in the absence of a metal roof. The tailgate has been replaced by a conventional lid.

It’s here when the Volante begins to look different, as the trunk lid has been reshaped in the absence of a metal roof. The tailgate has been replaced by a conventional lid, which features a prominent recess in the middle that splits the decklid into two flying buttress-like elements.

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The bad news is that Zagato’s unique roof for the Vanquish is gone. Okay, I admit I’m overreacting. The two door looks gorgeous without a top too, but I’m a big fan of the coupe’s "double-bubble" design, a feature originally conceived to enable race cars to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile. I’ve always loved seeing this race-spec element on a road car and for that reason alone I find the Volante to be less exciting than the coupe.

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Overall design remained unchanged, the cabin was enhanced with high-end materials and special features that can’t be had on regular Aston Martins.

Inside, the Zagato is less revolutionary, being almost identical to the standard Vanquish Volante. But even though the overall design remained unchanged, the cabin was enhanced with high-end materials and special features that can’t be had on regular Aston Martins. The first thing that catches the eye is the "Herringbone" carbon fiber painted with anodized bronze detailing on the center stack. There’s also the aniline leather and a unique "Z" quilt pattern stitch on the seats and door panels, as well as the "Z" embossed headrests and center console and double contrast stitching on the upper door panels.

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"Herringbone" carbon-fiber paint and "Z" quilt pattern on seats
The 5.9-liter gets the car to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
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The main differences here compared to the coupe are the missing "Z" headliner stitching and the infinite headroom that comes with a convertible. Of course, for the comfort of a closed cockpit car during cold and rainy weather, the Volante hides a bespoke folding roof inside the luggage compartment. The mechanism is based on that of the standard Vanquish Volante, but features certain modifications in order to match the new exterior design and revised trunk lid.

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The Vanquish Zagato Volante 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.

The drivetrain is also identical to the coupe’s, which means that the Vanquish Zagato Volante 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 3.7 ticks. However, this output is available in the U.K. and Europe, with the U.S. version being rated at 580 horses, only a 12-horsepower improvement over the standard model. The eight-speed automatic transmission remains standard. Aston Martin had nothing to say about the car’s suspension, but given that the coupe benefits from a unique setup, it’s safe to assume that convertible also has bespoke configuration.

No word on pricing yet, but production will be limited to 99 units, just like the coupe. Expect the Zagato-designed convertible to cost in excess of $450,000.

References

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Read our full review on the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato.

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Read our full review on the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster.

Update History

Update 07/25/2017: Although the production model was unveiled in 2016, it took Aston Martin almost a year to roll out the first customer cars. These were spotted for the first time in July 2017, when the British firm took one example to the Nurburgring for some proper flogging.

Spy Shots

July 25, 2017 - First production version caught testing around Nurburgring

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Press Release

To accompany the North American debut of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin is proud to announce a striking partner for this very special car; the Vanquish Zagato Volante.

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Driven by overwhelming customer interest for the previously revealed Coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will be strictly built to a limited production run of 99 cars at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England,

Vanquish Zagato Volante is the latest creation from a collaboration that reaches back over nearly six decades, beginning with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960 and includes the DB7 Vantage Zagato of 2002, 2011’s V12 Vantage Zagato and the most recent Vanquish Zagato Coupe announced earlier this year.

Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles have included the striking V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987 and the DB AR1 in 2003. Developed as an open-topped Zagato-bodied DB7 and also limited to 99 units, DB AR1 was similarly designed for the North American market and is considered today an established collectible by automotive connoisseurs worldwide.

The Vanquish Zagato Volante will be a powerful addition to the Aston Martin and Zagato lineage, embodying Aston Martin’s inherent refinement and capabilities, as well as Zagato’s characteristic design details. Both cars share an enhanced version of Aston Martin’s iconic V12 powertrain, increasing its output to 592bhp with a projected 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.

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The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares its proportions with the Coupe, a quintessential Aston Martin form with a classic Zagato twist, evoked by round tail light reflectors that use the same ’bladed’ LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fibre sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.

“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasised the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasise the car’s sculpted rear haunches” says Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.

Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Volante continues the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship. Aston Martin’s specialist ’Q’ division can add further personalisation and enhancement to a cabin finished with rich and highly luxurious materials, including herringbone carbon-fibre, anodized bronze detailing and the finest Bridge of Weir leather. The Volante features the unique signature ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch on both seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on the headrests and stitched into the centre console.

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“The Vanquish Zagato Volante illustrates the ways in which Aston Martin design can evolve in collaboration with such a trusted and long-standing partner,’ says Reichman. “Vanquish Zagato Volante continues Aston Martin’s new century of innovation and creativity, strengthening the association between these great automotive marques in the process”.

Customer deliveries are set to begin in 2017.

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