Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept

Whenever Aston Martin and Zagato (Italian automobile design house) partner to build a model, the result is always breathtaking to say the least.  This relationship dates over 5 decades ago. The last model the two houses made together in 2011 has been rated one of the most beautiful cars of the last decade. This shows the excellent craftsmanship that these two companies bring onboard. The two partners have joined forces again and the result is the classic Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept, an awesome concept based on the Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe.

Though the vehicle is just a concept at now, it is a complete package which I believe will surely hit the production house. One glance at the model and you fall in love with it. The Zagato Vanquish is that sort of car that sellout hours after the automaker start taking orders. The model was showcased to the public at the recent Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Estein in Lake Como, Italy.


Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept Exterior

The exterior look largely resembles that of the standard Vanquish but the model features some unique cues that set it apart from the standard model. The Zagato touches applied to the model are mostly adopted from the CC100 Speedster and One-77 limited edition supercar. These touches start at the front where the model features a gigantic grille which is integrated with LED fog lights at the corners.

Below the grille is a vented carbon-fiber splitter which looks more aggressive than the one on the regular model.  The headlights are similar to those of the standard Vanquish. The hood is also similar to that of the standard model but it has a slightly modified muzzle.

On the flanks, the model comes with sculpted side skirts, a lower beltline and a lower body section. The new side mirrors are adopted from the One-77 and are aerodynamic to augur well with the overall body design. Its glasshouse wraps around the bodywork while the rear quarter windows have also been modified. The roof has also been modified to look sportier like that of a supercar. Still on the roof, the model features the unique “double-bubble”, a Zagato trademark.


Do you remember the Ford GT40 that conquered Le Mans? Well it had a similar bubble roof. Although Zagato has used this feature to improve the design of the Vanquish, the feature is usually built to accommodate racing helmets for tall drivers without messing up with aerodynamics of the vehicle.

The rear features a gigantic diffuser. Its LED taillights on the other hand are specially designed with round-shaped housings. Inside, they are fitted with blade-lighting patterns adopted from the Vulcan supercar. The rear also features a retractable spoiler; further, the traditional lid has been replaced by a hatch. To finish off the rear fascia is a big trapezoid-shaped grille similar to the front one and attractive quad-exhaust pipes.

Overall, the model looks pretty and very aggressive; I really hope Aston Martin will take this Vanquish Zagato into production.


Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept Interior

On the inside, there is not that much difference from the standard Vanquish. However, some subtle improvements set it apart from the standard Vanquish. One of the enhancements is the use of aniline leather, Herringbone carbon-fiber and anodized bronze on the model’s center stack.

Its seats and door panels are upholstered in premium leather with “Z” quilt stitching. A similar contrast stitching is seen on the headliner which enhances the beauty of the black themed cabin. These features along with the latest connectivity and safety features are put together using excellent Aston Martin-Zagato craftsmanship.


Engine Specs and performance

The Vanquish Zagato is powered by a 5.9 L. V-12 just like the standard model. However, the engine is tweaked to produce more power.  The naturally aspirated engine is capable of 592 horses and 465 lb-ft of torque. This is a 24 hp increase from the standard model. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system just like the standard model.

Other details such as performance and fuel economy are not available but I suspect that the chassis and suspension have been upgraded. In addition, in terms of speed and acceleration, I expect the model to be better than the standard Vanquish.


Price and release date

Since the model is just a concept as at now, Aston Martin did not say anything about its price during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Estein. However, the last model the two partners crafted sold for around $ 450,000. I guess the new model will carry a similar price tag or slightly more expensive if it goes into production, (I have a strong feeling it will).

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