Aston Martin vanquish Zagato features a long history of manufacturing special editions in association with the Italian coachbuilder Aston Martin vanquish Zagato. It all began in 1960 with a lighter, more aerodynamic version of the DB4GT and, via ‘Z’ versions of the V8, DB7, and V12 Vantage. But now there’s this: the Vanquish Zagato.
It was launched at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy last year and subsequently convertible, speedster and estate car variants have also been unveiled. With just 99 coupes being produced, it’s a particularly exclusive car that we’re very lucky to urge our hands-on.
The dramatic skin is all carbon fiber, a bit like the Vanquish that it’s supported. However, there are fewer pieces of carbon fiber making up the general shape, and if you look closely you’ll notice the resultant lack of joins within the bodywork, particularly at the rear of the car.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, claims that the Zagato’s design is meant to offer the car the sensation of a bit of daring haute couture. It certainly stands out, with its trademark ‘double-bubble’ roof, drooping bonnet line and incredibly sculptural rear that has elements of the wild Vulcan track car.
Customers also can order their cars with a special Villa d’Este pack that picks out the badges, side strakes and wheel spokes in gold. This golden theme is often seen (as standard) inside the car, where vents and bits of switchgear are picked call at an equivalent color. The seats also get special stitching with a ‘Z’ theme thereto.
Push the key into the dash and you’re firing up an equivalent 5.9-liter V12 as you discover within the Vanquish S. Power and torque figures are an equivalent because the S too, with the naturally-aspirated powerplant producing 595bhp and 630Nm of torque. this is often quite enough for the car’s pace to measure up to the looks, covering 0-60mph in only 3.5 seconds.
Perhaps more importantly, the Aston Martin vanquish Zagato features a soundtrack to match its dramatic exterior. With a more open exhaust, the fantastic noise filling the cabin is appreciably greater in volume. The ride is additionally firmer and although it’s not uncomfortable, it pushes the Vanquish Zagato a touch further faraway from the GT end of the spectrum and more towards the type of car that you simply want to drive once you reach some interesting roads.
And you actually will want to drive it. The changes might sound incremental, but add all of them up and therefore the car as an entire feels tremendous. Well, weighted steering, a responsive chassis and taut suspension all combine to form the Zagato wonderfully involving. Given the more sporting nature of the car, it’s perhaps no surprise that the eight-speed, paddle-operated auto ‘box feels a touch out of its depth sometimes. It certainly doesn’t ruin the experience, however.
At £525,000 (before options) the Aston Martin vanquish Zagato features a price quite double that of the already very handsome Vanquish S, so some may question its value. But after spending a while round the Zagato it’s clear that it really does feel a cut above.