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Production Aston Martin V12 Zagato revealed

Stunning, expensive, rare and sounds amazing. What's not to like?

Aston Martin officially unveiled the production version of the V12 Zagato at the Kuwait Concours d' Elegance on February 15th. We had seen pre-production versions for the last year, even racing versions pounding around the Nürburgring. But this is the first time we’ve seen the car in production trim, and we are glad to say it hasn’t changed much.

Described as the "pinnacle of the Vantage range," the sports car is based on the V12 Vantage and celebrates the 50th anniversary of DB4GT Zagato. What Zagato have given the new model is a completely new body blending their own trademark design cues with classic Aston Martin design.

At the front there is a large grille in the usual Aston shape, flanked by the standard V12 Vantage headlights. But that is where the similarity ends. There are two large ‘nostril’ vents on the bonnet with deep carbon fibre ducting behind the mesh. The front wings have massive slash vents cut into them, allowing heat to escape from the wheelarch and brakes. Now we make our way to the rear where it gets really radical.

The roof line cuts downwards dramatically with the standard Zagato double-bubble roof, while sharply creased rear arches curve up and over to the sleek rear end. Single round lights sit within a carbon fibre recess and the pert rear is topped off by a fixed carbon rear wing. Our single criticism of the design of the car (other than the rear wing, but that’s required for aerodynamic performance) is the wheel design. It’s almost exactly the same as the Audi R8 V10 and we just don’t understand why they didn’t come up with a new, better design. Truly baffling on such a bespoke and special car.

It takes approximately 2,000 man-hours to build each model and the car's hood, roof and doors are hand formed from aluminium. The wings, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fibre. Inside, the cabin has semi-aniline leather seats, carbon fibre trim and piano black accents. There's also Zagato badging and a hand-stitched weave pattern on the seats, doors and headliner. It’s a slightly busy look, but works nonetheless.

Specifications were not released, but the company's brochure says the model has the standard 6.0-litre V12 engine with 510 bhp and 420 lb/ft  of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the 1680 kg car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph. We must say that for the money we would have imagined a little more power from the engine, especially as it doesn’t weigh any less than the original V12 Vantage.

The V12 Zagato is available now and pricing starts at £330,000. Production will be limited to 150 units and first deliveries are scheduled for later this year. Rumour has it that over 100 of the run have already been reserved so in the unlikely event that you want one and have the required funds – get in quick while you can!

Images & Video courtesy of Aston Martin

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more