Zagato, the Italian Automotive and Design company has been a strong partner with Aston Martin since 1960 when the two brands worked together to develop the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Renowned for its beautiful reimagination of Aston Martin vehicles, Zagato has added two additional renditions to the Vanquish family – Zagato Speedster and Zagato Shooting Brake.
The Speedster and Shooting Brake will join the existing Coupe and Volante body styles, completing the family of four of Vanquish Zagato models. A total of 325 cars will roll out of the production floor with the Coupe, Volante and Shooting Brake each limited to 99 cars whereas the Speedster is limited to just 28 cars, making it the rarest of the lot.
Let’s address the elephant in the room, the Zagato Shooting Brake. It remains strictly a two-seater except it gets the added practicality of a GT car. Although still kept under wraps, we can tell from the sketch that the Shooting Brake will have an extended roofline with a ‘double-bubble’ design. Zagato has also revealed that the car will have luxurious convenience items such as glass inlays to let light seep into the cockpit, powered tailgates, trimmed rear cabin area and a complete tailored luggage set. Besides that, the Shooting Brake is the only Vanquish Zagato model you can own brand new, the rest are all sold out.
While the Shooting Brake offer high levels of sophistication and GT capabilities, the Speedster is an uncompromising ultra-high-performance open-top supercar. Like the Shooting Brake, the Speedster gets Zagato’s signature ‘double-bubble’ roof. All the extra bits present on the car are made from carbon fibre no less.
Powering the Vanquish Zagato family is a 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 mated to an eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission. Output is rated at 592 hp and 630 Nm of torque. On the standard Vanquish S, century sprint time is clocked in at 3.5 seconds while top speed is capped at 323 km/h.
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.” He added.
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante