The Vanquish Zagato Concept is the fifth car resulting from the collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato, from the iconic DB4 GT Zagato of 1960 through to the V12 Vantage Zagato of 2011.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept was designed in close collaboration between the Aston Martin Design team led by Marek Reichman and Andrea Zagato and his dedicated design team in Milan.
Developed and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England the concept features the trademark Aston Martin proportions with a forward-looking stance.
The new bodywork is entirely made of carbon fiber, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels.
The distinctive rear end features round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic rear view of a Zagato design, incorporating the same ‘bladed’ LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan.
Referencing elements of the brand’s contemporary design language, Vanquish Zagato Concept features One-77 inspired wing mirrors and a sculptural rear end similar to DB11’s aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment.
A quad-exhaust nestles in the rippling carbon fibre sills that run around the lower body, creating a pronounced line from front to rear.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept’s glasshouse wraps around the bodywork like a visor, while a new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100.
A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline.
The roof features the iconic ‘double-bubble’ feature, its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car an unmistakeable rear silhouette.
A Zagato trademark since the early 1950s, originally arose from the need to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile.
The concept’s normally aspirated V12 engine has been uprated to 600 PS, along with enhanced driving dynamics.
Inside, Herringbone carbon fibre is paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality.
The interior is also characterized by the unique quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.
Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said ‘Over the years, we have developed and refined our own design language and we have always gone that little bit further with our special series cars like CC-100, One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan. The Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design.’
‘We pride ourselves on our strong partnership and the creation of the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience,’ says Zagato’s CEO, Andrea Zagato, ‘it represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years.’
(Source: Aston Martin)