Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato to enter production

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Aston Martin have confirmed today that they’ll be putting the gorgeous Vanquish Zagato into production at their Gaydon manufacturing facility, where just 99 examples will be built. But before you reach for your cheque book, we’re told they’ve already pre-sold every single one. So while the price isn’t really relevant any more to everyone else, those lucky 99 reportedly paid around US$735,500 (£500,000) for the privilege.

Technically the new Vanquish Zagato is essentially a tarted up Vanquish, the end result is more than the sum of its parts. It takes the new Vanquish’s base, fits an uprated 441kW (592hp) version of Aston’s 6.0L V12 engine, and slots it underneath a sexy new bespoke, carbon fibre body. The end result being that the Vanquish Zagato will be able to accelerate from 0-100km/h (60mph) in just 3.5 seconds – performance that Aston say is allied to “a unique suspension setup” to give the driver “a true dynamic experience”.

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The final design matches the concept car Aston Martin shows the world at Villa D’Este, with all its one-piece carbon fibre panels and bladed LED tail lights just like those on the Vulcan track car. There’s also a nod to the One-77 (the wing mirrors), along with Zagato’s traditional design cue of the sloping, double bubble roof. The side strakes too, reference the new DB11, and you get a ‘wraparound’ glasshouse meant to emulate the visor of a racing helmet.

It’s all Herringbone carbon fibre and anodised bronze inside, along with the obligatory ‘Z’ stitching all round. “The Vanquish Zagato is a significant new chapter in the history of the two marques,” explains Aston. That history stretches all the way back to the 1960s and the lovely Zagato DB4 GT, a car now worth around US$14,699,250 (£10 million).

Does that make the price tag slapped on this Vanquish Zagato seem like chump change? For 99 people at least, it would appear so…

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