Aston Martin has announced the production of the limited edition Vanquish Zagato Coupe; the company’s latest model in partnership with the prestigious Italian design-house Zagato.
The Vanquish Zagato was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy in May this year in concept form. Thanks to “unprecedented customer interest”, Aston Martin decided to produce a strictly limited production run of 99 units, each will be built to order at the company’s production facility in Gaydon, England. Customer deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2017.
The Vanquish Zagato is powered by Aston Martin’s 6.0L V12 powertrain that has been uprated to increase its output to 576 horsepower, which is capable of delivering a projected 0-100km/h time in just 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. The new bodywork is entirely made from carbon-fibre, with the split lines on the body significantly reduced by the use of large one-piece panels.
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 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. The ‘double-bubble’ roof is 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 features herringbone carbon fibre trim, 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 trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.