Aston Martin and Zagato’s long-lasting relationship continues, with the unveiling of the Vanquish Zagato Concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held at Lake Como in Italy from 21 – 22 May 2016. The new car carries on the styling themes established with the DB7-based Zagato of the 1990s and the 2012 V12 Vantage Zagato.
It’s a collaborative effort between Marek Reichman’s Design Team and Andrea Zagato, and has been developed and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon. The new bodywork is all carbon fibre and makes use of large (and costly) one-piece panels, which opens up the design to a number of interesting styling solutions.
It’s clearly a Zagato, with its double-bubble roof. But, beyond that, it features One-77-inspired door mirrors and a rear end similar to DB11’s, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the boot. The Aston Martin people will say things like, ‘there’s a new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11,’ or, ‘there’s a sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline.’
What that means is, ‘it looks very much like the last one.’ A good job it’s so pretty, then…
Inside, there are many styling tweaks unique to the Concept. Herringbone carbon fibre is paired with shadow and anodised bronze and aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality. The Vanquish Zagato Concept is also defined by the ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, as well as the trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.
Aston Martin Executive Vice-President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: ‘the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience.’ Zagato’s CEO, Andrea Zagato, added: ‘It represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates more than 50 years.’
Expect limited production to begin soon…