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2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

With the final design signed-off and engineering development work progressing apace, Aston Martin has today revealed the first images of the new V12 Zagato (road car) scheduled for production later this year. The V12 Zagato is the pinnacle of the Vantage range. (continued below)

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Aston Martin V12 Zagato: Inspired by the DB4GT Zagato

Source: Aston Martin | Published: Fri Feb 10, 2012

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The 2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato is the latest expression of a successful creative collaboration that has given rise to a series of striking GT cars over the last half-century, the original and most iconic of which being the DB4GT Zagato. Not only does this masterpiece rank amongst the most desirable, collectable and valuable cars in history, its 50th anniversary provided the inspiration for the V12 Zagato.

Though commemorating a great Aston Martin of the past the V12 Zagato could be no mere pastiche of the original. Instead the project was seen as the perfect opportunity to take Aston Martin's ethos of technology and tradition to a new and exciting level. To this end the V12 Zagato combines the modern ideas, materials, processes and technology pioneered on One-77, while remaining true to the purity and craftsmanship of its illustrious forebear.

"The V12 Zagato Captures the Spirit of the DB4GT Zagato"

For Aston Martin's CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V12 Zagato is "a celebration of both Aston Martin's heritage and its future". He continues: "Our relationship with Zagato stretches back more than 50 years. Together in that time we have created a series of very special cars. The first - the DB4GT Zagato - is a true icon: fast, beautiful and incredibly desirable. In the V12 Zagato I believe we have captured the spirit of that car and combined it with a confident twist of modernity to give it a character all of its own."

Initial design concepts for the V12 Zagato were explored in early 2010. Inspired by Zagato's bold and individual styling signatures Aston Martin's Director of Design, Marek Reichman, and his Gaydon-based design team relished the challenge of shaping the V12 Zagato, creating a car that pushes the boundaries of Aston Martin's design language, yet pays tribute to the DB4GT Zagato. Demonstrating Aston Martin's ability to rapidly bring ideas to fruition the Zagato program quickly gained momentum, the design team working hand-in-hand with engineers and artisans to complete the build of a pair of concept cars in the spring of 2011.

May 2011 saw the V12 Zagato make its world debut at the prestigious Villa d'Este concours. Entered in the Concept Cars and Prototypes class, the V12 Zagato wowed the judges and the crowd, taking first place against impressive opposition. In June the Villa d'Este winner - along with the second prototype car - made the V12 Zagato's world racing debut at the grueling 24 hour endurance race held at the Nurburgring. Both cars completed the ultimate durability test, continuing Aston Martin's 100 per cent finishing record in this notoriously tough race.

After an overwhelmingly positive response from customers, the decision was made in July 2011 to build a strictly limited run of V12 Zagatos. Since then, Aston Martin's design team have worked to refine the sports car's detailing and aerodynamic performance while staying faithful to the original design concept. At the same time engineers based at Gaydon have been putting prototypes through the company's rigorous development program to ensure the V12 Zagato performs as well as it looks.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato, rear view.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato, rear view.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V12
Displacement 362 cu in (5935 cc)
Power 510 hp
Torque 420 lb-ft
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 225/45 R18 - 225/40 R18
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin United Kingdom
Where Built United Kingdom
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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