Vanquish Zagato Speedster
The Vanquish Zagato Speedster is the most extreme and rarest model in the family, with a production run of just 28 cars, and deliveries scheduled for 2018.
The roofless design expresses “the raw excitement of an open-top ultra-high performance sports car.”
The main design feature is the Speed Humps that rise up to form streamlined cowls that flow back from the seats, representing Zagato’s signature ‘double-bubble’ roof.
Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake
Compared to the sister models, the Shooting Brake was conceived as an exceptionally practical GT.
The extended roof on the concept sketch bears the iconic Zagato ‘double-bubble’ surfacing complete with glass inlays to let light flood into the cockpit.
The sculptural roof culminates in a powered tailgate that opens onto a luxurious rear cabin area, complete with a tailored luggage set.
The Vanquish Zagato Family
All the Vanquisgh Zagato models feature body panels made from carbon fiber, Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired ‘Blade’ tail lights and repeated 3D Zagato ‘Z’ motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes, which create an unbroken stylistic thread that connects these otherwise individual creations.
All four cars are based upon the Vanquish S, and are equipped with a 600PS naturally-aspirated V12 coupled with a Touchtronic III transmission. Each model features a specifically-tuned adaptive damping system.
The Vanquish Zagato family will see a maximum of 325 cars built, with numbers split among 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters and 99 Shooting Brakes.
The production of the Vanquish Zagato Coupes commenced in late 2016. Next to enter production was the Vanquish Zagato Volante, with deliveries to be completed through 2018.
You can read the official design statements in the press release reported below.
(Source: Aston Martin)
Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said of the Vanquish Zagato family: “We haven’t released Zagato models as a family before, at least not in this way, but the idea is not without precedent. Think back to the DB7 Zagato and DB AR1, or the V8 Zagato Coupe and Volante, for example. We’ve simply taken things a few steps further. Why create a family of Zagatos? Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. And yes, some of them have ordered one example of each. There’s always an over-demand from our clients and patrons. We could easily fulfill demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars. With only 325 cars worldwide, divided between 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters and 99 Shooting Brakes – they are still the rarest of the rare.”
Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato said of the enduring creative partnership: “Zagato’s relationship with Aston Martin began with my grandfather and the DB4 GT Zagato, almost sixty years ago. To have a creative ‘marriage‘ thrive for three generations is something as unique as the cars themselves. My family name is associated with all kinds of wonderful designs, but for many enthusiasts and collectors around the world those that combine the Z of Zagato with the wings of Aston Martin are the most special. Collaborating closely on the design of four complimentary, yet completely different Vanquish Zagatos has been an incredibly exciting challenge. I’m proud to continue the story my grandfather started and thrilled that our partnership with Aston Martin continues to realise such exciting cars.”