RIDES: Aston Martin’s Vanquish Zagato Concept

May 23, 2016

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Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato have continued their five-decade partnership with the Vanquish Zagato concept. From the iconic DB4 GT Zagato of 1960 through to the V12 Vantage Zagato of 2011, every collaboration has accentuated key aspects of Aston Martin’s design journey and brought them together with Zagato’s own race-inspired design language.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept was designed in close collaboration between the Aston Martin Design team led by Marek Reichman and Andrea Zagato and his dedicated design team in Milan, Italy. Developed and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England the concept features bodywork entirely shaped from carbon fiber, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. New lights include round taillight reflectors that evoke the classic rear view of a Zagato design, incorporating the same “bladed” LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar.

The Vanquish Zagato concept also features One-77 inspired wing mirrors and a sculptural rear end similar to DB11’s aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment. A quad-exhaust nestles in the rippling carbon fibre sills that run around the lower body, creating a pronounced line from front to rear.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept’s glasshouse wraps around the bodywork like a visor, enhancing its aggressive stance, according to Aston Martin. A new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100. A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline.

The roof features the iconic double-bubble, its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car an unmistakeable rear silhouette. 

A Zagato trademark since the early 1950s, originally arose from the need to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile. To match the bold new exterior, the concepts normally aspirated V12 engine has been uprated to 592 horsepower, along with enhanced driving dynamics.

Inside, the Vanquish Zagato concept has Herringbone carbon fibre paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality, according to Aston Martin. The Vanquish Zagato Concept is also defined by the unique ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the center console.