Aston Martin is to put a Vanquish concept model unveiled at a concours d’elegance into very limited production.
Only 99 examples of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe will be made, each virtually identical to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a concept model shown at the famed Italian concours in May 2016.
The Zagato is more powerful than its Vanquish inspiration, the 6-litre V12 engine uprated by 24bhp to 592bhp. Aston Martin quotes a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds, three tenths faster than the stock Vanquish.
Several of the brand’s most specialist models, including the Vulcan, CC-100 and One-77 have influenced the bodywork, which is all-new, entirely moulded in carbonfibre and larger, with fewer shut lines, to improve the aerodynamics. The sculpted rear end is close in profile to the DB11 and includes a retractable spoiler.
The car’s windscreen and side windows are created in wraparound style, designed to look like a visor, and side strakes, again in DB11 style, run from the wheel arches to the doors. The roof has a shallow ‘double-bubble’ shape, a Zagato trademark originally created to allow space inside for race helmets.
Details inside include ‘herringbone’ style carbon fibre, anodized bronze and optional aniline leather, A ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch is used on the seat and door sections, with the trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.
Aston Martin’s partnership with renowned Italian design house Zagato dates back to 1960 with the launch of the DB4 GT Zagato. The Vanquish is the fifth collaboration between the two brands.
No details have been released concerning the likely price of each car – industry rumours suggest an individual cost of around £500,000, and that all 99 have already been reserved.