I present to you here dudes and dudettes the absolutely striking and gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept with the proportions of a goddess and the soundtrack of the naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 engine which has been uprated from 568bhp in the standard £195,950 Vanquish to 591bhp.
It’s so rare that I actually like a car I’m reviewing, I might admire it and list its pros but not necessarily completely fall in love with it. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept is one of those cars that you just can’t forget and hopelessly drool over the potential of having one in your garage one day.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is already beautiful and exciting to begin with but when British motoring meets Italian design house “Zagato” great things happen since 1960 with the DB4 GT Zagato. To be revealed at the Villa d’Este concours d’elegance in Italy was the fifth collaboration between the two great companies that resulted in the mesmerizing Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept.
Every bit of detail draws inspiration from all sorts of exceptional concepts like the Aston Martin One77, the incredible Vulcan and the sleek DB 11. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept was in-fact engineered and developed at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon where Marek Reichman led the Aston design team and worked in association with Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato and his team in Milan, Italy.
Reichman was quoted saying: “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.”
Looking at the beautiful profile i am left completely speechless. The smooth proportions of the side seem to take much inspiration from the Vulcan which has to be the most beautiful race car to be ever produced by a car manufacturer, i think that car belongs to a beauty pageant and not a race track.
Shaped entirely out of carbon fiber with one large panel piece to reduce shut-lines (the clearance gap between two adjacent surfaces such as between the door opening and body panel of an automobile) A gorgeous wraparound glasshouse and a new trademark for Aston Martin with the side-strake that stretches from the wheel-arch to the door as a throwback to the CC-1100 speedster model created to celebrate Aston’s 100th anniversary.
Cars like the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept make me feel happy and remind me of why it’s important to look at a car rather than getting lost in the world of performance figures and endless numbers. We seem to be forgetting about the beauty of design only to end up lost in the world of aerodynamic – trying to get the most out of the body in hopes of achieving technical perfection.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept features a double-bubble roof that is a signature Zagato design trademark since the 50’s which was born by the need to accommodate racing drivers helmets back in the 1950’s without sacrificing aerodynamic properties since cars were tiny back then.
God, look at that rear; absolutely gorgeous isn’t it? I wish all supercars had these incredible proportions, it’s amazing how little details make the vanquish that much better than it already was and you know I’m a fan of the circular tail lights like in the GT-R and the thin strip design like in the new 911 and the Jaguar F-type. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept gets the same bladed LED technology found in the Vulcan with signature Zagato touches here and there. You can clearly see the “Z” pattern on the grille inserts and the tail-light vent cover.
Andrea Zagato said the new car, “represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years”.
With that 5.9-Litre V12 engine producing 591 hp you wont be missing any of the exhaust melodies you would expect from a modern day exotic, you can also carve through the mountain corners with more confidence thanks to the improved adaptive dampers that offer sharper handling.
It’s safe to say that this is in-fact one of Zagato and Aston Martin’s most striking projects, it certainly is my favorite one. The interior of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept gets more carbon fiber, aniline leather and anodized bronze. The “Z” quilt pattern stitch and logo are also present on the seats and the door with subtle embossed logos on the headrests and stitched onto the center console.
God, I love this thing. It reminds me why I have passion for cars and all things automotive.