A two seat Vanquish? Shut up and take my money!

Introduced in 2012, the second-generation Vanquish isn’t yet as old as the model it replaced, but it won’t be long until Aston Martin unleashes the third-generation car. And it seems that the grand tourer is getting a proper send off with several special-edition models up for grabs. Arguably the most spectacular of them all is the Zagato, which was built in both coupe and Volante body styles. Limited to only 99 units each, the Zagatos are long gone as of 2017, but if you’re still looking to get one, Aston Martin just unveiled two new version wearing the Zagato badge. One of them is the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, a two-seat drop-top that steps away from the usual convertible configuration.

The Speedster’s arrival is far from surprising, because we’ve already seen a camo-free example being driver near the Nurburgring track earlier this summer. However, it is a bit surprising that it was designed as a two-seater, as is the fact that Aston Martin expanded the current Vanquish Zagato range to no fewer than four models, including a shooting brake. Find out more about the Zagato Speedster and what makes it stands out compared to other models in the review below.

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

Exterior

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Not surprisingly, the Speedster is identical to both the coupe and the Volante below the waist

Not surprisingly, the Speedster is identical to both the coupe and the Volante below the waist. And this is good news, as the Zagato design is major improvement to the standard Vanquish, adding modern and muscular cues to an already good-looking grand tourer.

The Speedster boasts the same massive grille with LED daytime running lights at each corner, a big splitter at the bottom, and a sculpted engine hood.It also has deeply sculpted side skirts, a DB11-inspired fender strake, and side mirrors inspired from those seen on the One-77 limited-edition supercar. Around back, we can see a retractable spoiler, round taillights that harken back to classic Zagato-built Aston Martins from the 1960s, Vulcan-inspired bladed LED lights, and a quad-exhaust layout integrated into the big diffuser that replaces the entire bumper section of the standard model.

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The convertible's deck has been redesigned into a speedster-specific design with two large buttresses

Above the diffuser, the whole deck is entirely different from the regular Vanquish, as the the trunk lid has also been reshaped. The tailgate has been replaced by a conventional lid, while the flat section seen on the convertible has been redesigned into a speedster-specific design with two large buttresses.

That actually the Speedster’s boldest design feature. These "speed humps," as Aston Martin describes them, rise up to form streamlined cowls that flow back from the seats, representing Zagato’s signature "double-bubble" roof. So while the coupe’s unique "double-bubble" roof design is gone, the Speedster is equally exciting to look at. The looks are that much more enticing given that there aren’t many speedsters available today. Until now, I’ve always favored the coupe over the Volante, but this just changed and the Zagata Speedster is now my favorite Vanquish ever.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Speedster’s body elements are all made from carbon-fiber, just like the rest of the Vanquish Zagato family.

Comparison to Other Zagato Models

Interior

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Inside, the Speedster is identical to the other Zagato models in terms of features and technology, but it misses the rear seats

Inside, the Speedster is identical to the other Zagato models in terms of features and technology, but there is a big change to talk about. While both the coupe and Volante offer room for four passengers (not a lot of space in the rear though), the Speedster is a two-seater. There’s no word as to why Aston Martin altered the cabin configuration for this model, but truth be told, speedsters usually come with just two seats. And let’s face it, it’s not like rear passenger would fit under the flying buttresses.

But the big question here is whether the rear-seat delete accounts for extra trunk space or a separate storage compartment under the hoops. The very small trunk lid suggests that there’s not a lot of space under it though. And unfortunately Aston Martin has yet to release any data.

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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
While the overall design remained unchanged, the cabin was enhanced with bespoke materials and features that can’t be ordered on regular Aston Martins

While there aren’t any detailed photos of the interior, it’s pretty obvious that the layout almost identical to the standard Vanquish Volante aside from the missing rear seats. But even though the overall design remained unchanged, the cabin was enhanced with bespoke materials and features that can’t be ordered on regular Aston Martins, starting with the "Herringbone," carbon-fiber-painted with anodized bronze detailing on the center stack. There’s also the aniline leather and unique "Z" quilt pattern stitching on the seats and door panels, as well as the "Z" embossed headrests, center console, and double contrast stitching on the upper door panels.

The Speedster should also have unique roof, but we don’t know how it works so far. And we haven’t seen it either. It also remains to be seen if it sports a "double bubble" design as the coupe, which would be really cool, and if Aston Martin went with carbon-fiber panels in order to save weight.

Drivetrain

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While the regular model comes with 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet on tap, the Zagato version gets a 24-horsepower bump to 592 horses.

Just like in the coupe and Volante versions, motivation comes from the familiar 5.9-liter V-12 that powers the standard Vanquish. However, while the regular model comes with 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet on tap, the Zagato version gets a 24-horsepower bump to 592 horses (600 PS). However, this power rating is for U.K. and European models, with the U.S. version rated at 580 horsepower. That’s a 12-horsepower bump. There’s no explanation why the U.S. model is less powerful, but it must have something to do with emission regulations.

There’s no info on performance just yet, but we do know that both the coupe and Volante Zagatos are quicker than their stock equivalents by a tenth second. The coupe, for instance, hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while the Volante gets there in 3.7 clicks. Given that the Speedster has lost some weight due to the rear-seat delete, it’s safe to assume that it’s at least a tenth-second quicker than the Volante. So expect the Speedster to reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds or even 3.5, which would make it as quick as the coupe.

The eight-speed automatic transmission remains standard, but the Speedster should benefit from a unique suspension setup.

Engine 5.9-liter V-12
Horsepower 580 HP
Torque 465 LB-FT
Transmission slick-shifting Touchtronic III
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds

Prices

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No word on pricing yet, but we do know that the Speedster will be limited to only 28 cars, including the prototype seen here. That’s significantly less than the 99-unit run of the coupe and Volante, so it’s safe to assume that pricing will be higher too. Rumor has it that the Zagato Speedster could cost a whopping £1.3 million, which converts to around $1.7 million as of August 2017. That’s pretty steep for a car that doesn’t have a Ferrari or McLaren badge, but it doesn’t really matter at this point since the entire production run is reportedly already sold out.

Competition

Ferrari 812 Aperta

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Since the 812 Aperta is nothing more than a rendering at this point, I can definitely understand some you asking why am I comparing the Zagato Speedster with a rumor. Well, there aren’t many speedster-type vehicles out there, especially if you’re looking for luxury and exclusivity. The 812 Aperta would be the only one that would fit the bill and even though it’s not yet confirmed for production, it should arrive sometime in 2018. Also a two-seater, this Aperta would benefit from the recent redesign that turned the F12berlinetta into the 812 Superfast. Instead of the previous 6.3-liter V-12, the Aperta would get the new 6.5-liter unit rated at 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 60 mph should take around three seconds, a half-second quicker than the Zagato Speedster, while top speed should be of at least 200 mph. Production should be significantly higher than the Zagato Speedster, most likely capped at 500 units, while pricing should be lower at under $400,000.

Read our speculative review of the Ferrari 812 Aperta.

Conclusion

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The Zagato-designed version of the Vanquish was among my favorite releases in 2016. Not only it had a unique design, but it also came with a bespoke and expensive interior, and a more powerful V-12. The coupe was just perfect, like a much needed upgrade that included significantly more than the usual facelift. But the Speedster is more than just yet another Zagato-penned Aston Martin. It’s one of rare sports cars with a speedster body, as well as a unique presence in the Aston Martin lineup. No wonder it’s already sold out despite the $1.7-million price tag. Maybe this is a sign that Aston Martin should include a speedster model in the Vanquish lineup with the next redesign. Fingers crossed!

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    • Only 28 will be made
    • Already sold out
    • Outrageous price tag

References

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
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Read our full review of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

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Read our full review of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante

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