British luxury carmaker Aston Martin in association with Italian design-house Zagato unveiled the Vanquish Zagato concept at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, held at Lake Como in Italy on Sunday (May 22). This is the seventh car both the companies worked on together. They have a collaboration that stretches over five decades.
The Vanquish Zagato concept was designed, developed and engineered at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, England. The company says its new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon fibre, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. New lights include round tail light reflectors, a signature design aspect of Zagato design. It incorporates "bladed" LED technology as seen in the company's Vulcan track-only supercar. Vanquish Zagato concept features One-77 inspired wing mirrors and rear-end similar to the latest Aston Martin production car the DB11. The rear features a retractable spoiler and quad-exhaust pipes, while a carbon-fibre sill that run around the lower body creates masculine appeal.
Inside, Herringbone carbon fibre with anodised bronze and aniline leather give the vents and rotary dials a rich feel. The concept also has the unique "Z" quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, while the trademark Zagato "Z" logo has been embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console. This one-off model also comes with Zagato's trademark "double-bubble" roof and a wraparound glasshouse.
Aston Martin says that to match the new exterior, the naturally aspirated V12 engine has been uprated to 592bhp, along with enhanced driving dynamics. The regular Vanquish's engine develops 568bhp. The engine is coupled with eight-speed automatic gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system.
Previously, Aston Martin and Zagato teamed up for special models such as Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, Aston Martin V8 Zagato, Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, Aston Martin DB AR1, Aston Martin V12 Zagato and Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial.