Aston Martin V12 Zagato: official images and details
Aston Martin has revealed the first official photos and details of the new V12 Zagato, which is scheduled for production later this year.
The new images and information follow the pictures that leaked some days ago.
Below we report the official information on the car, including details on the design development and the assembly process.
From the official Press Release:
The V12 Zagato will be the pinnacle of the” Vantage range”, as well as the latest expression of a creative collaboration with the Italian coachbuilder.
The partnership has given rise to a series of GT cars over the last half-century, the original and most iconic of which being the DB4GT Zagato, whose 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.
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.
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.
On May 2011 the V12 Zagato made its world debut at the Villa d’Este concours, where it won in the Concept Cars and Prototypes class.
In June the Villa d’Este winner – along with the second prototype car – made the V12 Zagato’s world racing debut at the gruelling 24 hour endurance race held at the Nürburgring.
Both cars completed the durability test, continuing Aston Martin’s 100 per cent finishing record in the race.
After a very 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 development program.
Built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, production of the V12 Zagato will be strictly limited to 150 cars.
Creating each V12 Zagato is a painstaking process that takes approximately 2,000 man-hours to complete.
Just like the One-77, the V12 Zagato is constructed from a combination of hand crafted aluminum and carbon fiber.
The hood, signature ‘double-bubble’ roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminum, while the front and rear fenders, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fiber.
The finished body is then painted in the same dedicated area as the One-77. Four unique colours have been created for the car: Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue and Diavolo Red.
The painting process alone takes some 100 hours to complete and is followed by the marriage of the body and the drivetrain within the sports car production area.
From there the V12 Zagato is transferred to the standalone facility originally built to house One-77 production, where the build is completed with the fitment and installation of an array of bespoke components, including the side glass and the distinctive rear window, which features a curved surface that continues the sculptural lines of the ‘double-bubble’ roof.
All the exterior brightwork around the windows has a contemporary black finish to compliment the exposed carbon fibre components. Fitment of the hand-crafted interior and upholstery is also completed in this dedicated build area.
The exposed elements of carbon fibre on the front splitter, A-pillars, rear lamp pods, diffuser, door mirror cases and rear wing all display the same perfectly symmetrical weave and smooth resin finish. Likewise the bold new grille is formed in a unique three-dimensional composite material mesh that echoes Zagato’s famous ‘Z’ moniker.
Seven Bridge of Weir hides – in semi-aniline finish to offer durability while preserving the natural texture of the leather – are used to trim the V12 Zagato’s interior.
Hand-stitched quilting of a unique design creates a flowing pattern that evokes a dynamic sense of movement across the seats and headlining, while ‘Z’ embroidery in the headrests and rear parcel shelf add a further flourish.
Satin-finish carbon fibre on the dashboard and centre stack is perfectly complimented by piano black accents and satin black rotary switchgear.
Carbon fiber sill plaques with ’V12 Zagato’ inlaid metal script provide a distinctive finishing touch.
(Source: Aston Martin)