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Car and Driver: Aston Martin to Build Vanquish Zagato, But You Can’t Have One

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You’ve got to be quick to get yourself a limited-edition Aston Martin. Once again the company has announced simultaneously that it is planning to build one, and that all have been sold.


This time it’s the production version of the Vanquish Zagato concept that was shown at the Villa d’Este concours in Italy last month. Just 99 will be produced and the company says it has buyers for all of them. This despite a price tag that, although officially undisclosed, will be substantial. The last “Z”-badged Aston was the V-12 Vantage Zagato, which cost over $500,000 when it was produced back in 2011. Mix in five years of inflation, a lower production run and the standard Vanquish’s higher price, and we’d be surprised if this one isn’t at least 50 percent more expensive.


The Vanquish Zagato sits on a modified version of the mechanical package of the Vanquish but gets unique carbon fiber bodywork and a “double bubble” roof that’s supposedly profiled to make it easier to drive while wearing a helmet. The front fenders gain venturi-shaped air channels and at the back there are bladed taillights similar to those developed for the Aston One-77 megacar, plus a diffuser that accommodates quad exhaust pipes.




Mechanical tweaks are more limited, with any U.S. buyers having to make do with the same V-12 engine found in the standard Vanquish, meaning a mere 576 horsepower. In the rest of the world, a 600-hp version is fitted. Aston claims a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.5 seconds, one tenth quicker than the regular Vanquish. Chassis settings have also been slightly retuned, although the company has not released details.


Zagato is an Italian design and coach building company that has collaborated with Aston at various times, and with mixed results. The first joint project was the DB4 GT Zagato racer in 1960, but the most memorable was probably the 1986 Vantage V8 Zagato, a car that looked like it was wearing powerful eyeglasses, but which has subsequently developed a cult following.


Deliveries of the Vanquish Zagato will begin in the first quarter of next year.




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