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Monday, May 23, 2016

Zagato Gave the Aston Martin Vanquish an Italian Makeover

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Wonderful things happen when Italian design house Zagato flexes its muscles and reinterprets the iconic cars of Aston Martin. Over the past five decades, the collaboration has yielded a number of marvels including the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato and 2011 Vantage V12 Zagato
 
Now however it’s time for another, and once again, Zagato has delivered. Meet the 2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato coupe.
The special Vanquish, which was unveiled this weekend at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance beside Italy’s Lake Como, features unmistakable Aston Martin looks paired with unique avant-garde accents. Unfortunately—at least for those wishing to buy one—it’s just a concept (for now), but it may foreshadow the decisions of Aston Martin’s styling department going forward.

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Like the svelte body? According to Aston Martin, the Zagato concept’s exterior is fashioned entirely of carbon fiber, and through the use of large 1-piece panels, the coupe features few split lines to disrupt its striking shape.

Zagato’s bold re-body also includes aggressive side strakes and a new tucked-and-tweaked rear end (an adaptation of the all-new DB11 sports car), calling card rounded taillights, wing mirrors inspired by the One-77 supercar, a retractable spoiler, rear lift-gate, and a new quad exhaust system.

The windscreen has now been restyled to give a wrap-around effect, which leads into the car’s sharply cut rear haunches. And up top you’ll find the classic double-bubble roof, a Zagato signature of sorts.

The engine compartment hasn’t been ignored either. Inside, the Vanquish’s V12 has been tuned-up to pump out 600 horsepower. Now it’s got the power to back up those looks.


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The interior has been retouched as well, and now includes swathes of bespoke black and red leather and an infusion of dark carbon fiber. Like it? Unfortunately an Xbox or a Playstation may be the closest any of us will ever get to driving one, however Aston Martin does have a habit of putting these concepts into production, as indicated by the limited-run 2012 V12 Zagato (née 2011 V12 Zagato concept car). Cross those fingers and start saving.