Aston Martin has today unveiled what is possibly the most beautiful Aston Martin to date, the Vanquish Zagato Concept.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept is the fifth car to emerge from the collaboration between Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato. The partnership stretches over five decades, pairing Aston Martin’s dynamic and material qualities with Zagato’s signature design language.
From the DB4 GT Zagato of 1960 through to the V12 Vantage Zagato of 2011, every collaboration has accentuated key aspects of Aston Martin’s design journey and brought them together with Zagato’s own race-inspired design language. The result is a group of four sports cars that represent some of Aston Martin’s most avant-garde expressions.
The concept retains the iconic body proportions that define Aston Martin but aims to further emphasise the “dynamic, forward-looking stance”. The new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon fibre, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. New lights include round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic rear view of a Zagato design, incorporating the same ‘bladed’ LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept features One-77 inspired wing mirrors and a sculpted rear end similar to DB11’s aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment. A quad-exhaust nestles in the rippling carbon fibre sills that run around the lower body, creating a pronounced line from front to rear.
The classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door similar to the DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100. A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the roofline.
The roof features the iconic ‘double-bubble’, its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass.
Suitably matching the exterior, the concept keeps the aggressive V12 engine seen in the regular Vanquish, but tuned to produce 424kW.
The interior carries the same fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship. Herringbone carbon fibre is paired with anodised bronze and aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material feel. The Zagato Concept is also defined by the unique ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept will make its global debut at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este from 21 – 22 May 2016.