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European debut at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show
Aston Martin V12 Zagato: Limited production
Of 150 cars at GB£330,000 from autumn 2012

Aston Martin V12 Zagato, front-side picture.

V12 Zagato: 6.0l V12, 510 bhp/517 PS, and 570 Nm/420 lb ft.

10 February 2012: Following the initial design concepts exploration two years ago, then its world debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza at the Villa d'Este last May on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, where it took the first podium in the Concept Cars and Prototypes class, the first images of the production road car version of the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato coupé (see the preliminary specifications) were communicated yesterday, before its European presentation at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show (March 8-18).

Fitting at the top of the Vantage range, the V12 Zagato is the latest expression of a collaboration that produced a series of GT cars over the last half-century. The 50th anniversary of the original, the DB4GT Zagato, was the inspiration for the V12 Zagato.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato, rear-side picture.

V12 Zagato with Aston Martin’s bonded aluminium platform.

Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, says : “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... In the V12 Zagato I believe we have captured the spirit of that car and combined it with... modernity to give it a character all of its own.”

Initial design concepts were explored in early 2010 when Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, and his Gaydon-based design team shaped the V12 Zagato, before a pair of concept cars were built in the spring of 2011.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato, interior, seats picture.

Bridge of Weir hides with hand-stitched quilting.

Last June, the winner of the Concours d'Elégance at the Villa d’Este - along with the second prototype car – made the V12 Zagato’s world racing debut at the 24 hour endurance race at the Nürburgring in Germany. Both cars completed the durability test.

One month later, the decision was made to build a limited run of 150 units of the V12 Zagato at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire in the UK.

With that confirmation, the British premium sports cars brand said that the V12 Zagato will combine Aston Martin’s bonded aluminium platform with the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque (see additional V12 Zagato preliminary specifications).

Like the One-77, the V12 Zagato is built from hand-crafted aluminium and carbon fibre. The bonnet, signature ‘double-bubble’ roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminium, while the front and rear fenders, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fibre.

The finished body is then painted in the same area as the One-77. Four unique colours have been formulated for the V12 Zagato: Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue and Diavolo Red. The painting process 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 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.

Inside, seven Bridge of Weir hides are used to trim the interior. Hand-stitched quilting creates a flowing pattern across the seats and headlining, with ‘Z’ embroidery in the headrests and rear parcel shelf, satin-finish carbon fibre on the dashboard and centre stack, piano black accents and satin black rotary switchgear and carbon fibre sill plaques with ’V12 Zagato’ inlaid metal script.

The V12 Zagato can be ordered at GB£330,000 (plus local taxes). The production specification will be presented at the 2012 Geneva motor show next month, with the first deliveries scheduled for this Autumn.

To the Aston Martin V12 Zagato preliminary specifications... >>>

 

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