Aston Martin is Cooking Up a Pair of Zagato Special Editions
One is a road-legal masterpiece while the other is a track-only monsterby Kirby, on
In line with the 100th anniversary of Zagato, Aston Martin is producing a pair of limited-run, special-edition models for the Italian coachbuilder. The models, called the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and the DBS GT Zagato, are limited to just 19 units each. If you’re interested in buying these special edition models, Aston Martin is placing a “take-both-or-leave-them-alone” policy on both. That means you’ll have to buy both the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and the DBS GT Zagato together. The cost of the two vehicles? Only £6 million, or roughly around $7.9 million, not counting local taxes.
Aston Martin and Zagato have a long history of collaboration, and that relationship sits at the heart of this project. “With Zagato celebrating its centenary next year, what better way to celebrate this landmark – and the long-standing bond between our two great companies – than creating these 19 pairs of cars,” Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said.
It’s only fitting, then, that when the latter is celebrating its centenary, its partner-in-crime is helping celebrate it by not only recreating one of the most fabled Aston Martin-Zagato models in history but also developing a special edition sports car that’s based on the recently introduced DBS Superleggera.
Details are still scarce on the two models, but Aston Martin’s plans for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is to recreate the original model that was first created in 1960, right down to the lightweight tubular frame and the thin-gauge aluminum body panels.
Expert craftsmen will also be brought in to ensure that recreated DB4 GT Zagatos are as true to the original as they should be. That includes fitting a straight-six engine that produces 380 horsepower, all of which will be sent to the two rear wheels courtesy of a four-speed manual transmission. Not surprisingly, the original DB4 GT Zagato was also limited to 19 units, the exact number of Continuation models that Aston Martin plans to build.
If you want a taste of something modern, the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato is the car for you.
Not only is it based on the 715-horsepower DBS Superleggera, but it’s also getting a unique body designed by none other than Zagato itself. The mechanical parts are expected to be identical — it should still use the DBS Superleggera’s 5.2-liter V-12 engine that produces 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque — but the DBS GT Zagato is getting a number of unique designs, including a double-bubble roof.
Of the two models, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will arrive before the DBS GT Zagato. The recreated racer is tentatively penciled to launch sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019, while the modern, road-legal DBS Superleggera-based supercar will arrive sometime in 2020.
No matter how you look at it, these two SE Aston Martin-Zagato models deserve to have their own shrines in the homes they end up in. “As an engineer,” Palmer says, “I would always say my favorite Aston Martin is the next one, but I have to say I’m struggling to think of a finer two-car garage than this!”
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