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Aston Martin teams with Zagato for the fifth time with new Vanquish Zagato Coupe.
Aston Martin has announced a limited series production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe – the latest creation from the car manufacturer’s long-standing partnership with Italian design-house Zagato.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. Thanks to strong customer interest, a strictly limited production run of 99 cars will be built to order.
This will be the fifth car to emerge from collaboration that stretches back over five decades. Aston claims that new Vanquish Zagato is a GT car that blends its refinement and capabilities with Zagato’s characteristic design details.
Aston Martin’s 6.0L V12 powertrain has been uprated to increase its output to 600 PS1, capable of delivering a projected 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds.
The added performance has been matched to a “unique” suspension setup. The design of the production Vanquish Zagato will be closely related to the concept exhibited at Villa d’Este, though it must be said that the proportions remain quintessentially Aston Martin.
The new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbonfibre, 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 roof features the iconic ‘double bubble’, its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car an unmistakable rear silhouette. A Zagato trademark since the early 1950s, originally arose from the need to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile.