6.0l V12, 510 bhp/517 PS, and 570 Nm/420 lb
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
specifications) were communicated yesterday,
before its European presentation at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show
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.
with Aston Martin’s bonded aluminium platform.
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.”
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.
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.
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
Zagato preliminary specifications).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...