Aston Martin and Zagato have a long history of collaborating on exquisite automobiles. Ever since 1960’s jaw-dropping DB4 GT Zagato, the Italian firm has made a habit of restyling some of Aston’s finest offerings. Every time the two companies come together, their creations are bound to be three things: beautiful, desirable, and rare. The newest car born from the ongoing relationship is no exception. Allow me to introduce you to the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato.
Powered by the 6-liter V12 from the Vanquish on which it’s based, the Zagato is capable of 592 horsepower and around 465 lb ft of torque. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 happens in around 3.5 seconds on the way to a top speed in the region of 200 miles per hour. These are proper supercar numbers, without doubt, but the performance doesn’t tell this car’s whole story. The Zagato is not a car most, if any, owners will be taking on track days. It’s a grand tourer; meant for long, comfortable drives. If the donor car is anything to go on, this new Aston should accomplish that task just fine.
Now, let’s get to the best part about the latest Zagato-styled-Aston: its looks. Starting with the front, you’ll notice a much bigger grille when compared to the standard Vanquish. This grille, like the V12 Zagato of a few years ago, is filled with a Z-shaped pattern, to remind you you’re looking at something special. Also featured are new LED running lights, a revised front splitter, and an elegantly-sculpted hood, complete with carbon fiber accents. Moving down the flank, intricately detailed fender panels bear Zagato’s famous logo. Carbon side skirts flow down the sides towards the aggressive rear end, which features quad exhausts, a big carbon diffuser, and a futuristic set of tail lights. Of course, no Zagato creation would be complete without a double-bubble roof, which ties the whole shape together. The interior is also completely redone, full of all the Zagato logos and stitched leather you’d expect.
Overall, this is one incredibly beautiful car. It’s elegant and aggressive all at the same time, and carries the historical pedigree of Aston Martin and Zagato with it. As I stated in the beginning, Zagato Astons are always beautiful, desirable, and rare. Beautiful? Check. Desirable? With its big V12 and incredible attention to detail, check. Rare? Well they’re only building 99, and they’re already sold out for a price of around $750,000. So...check. For all things Aston, as well as other British-Italian supercar collaborations, be sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.