Aston Martin takes the wraps off Vanquish Zagato Concept image

The British automaker has a tradition by now collaborating with the Italian Styling House, and the new Vanquish Zagato concept has been inspired by the Vulcan, One-77 and CC-100.

In a surprising move the UK manufacturer and the Italian design studio have revealed the new Vanquish-based project without actually teasing it before – and the official worldwide premiere is exactly tomorrow during the Villa d’Este concours d’elegance in Italy. This is the fifth joint project between the two, after the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatofrom 1960, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato from 1986, the Aston Martin DB7 Zagato/DBAR1from 2003 and the Aston Martin V12 Zagato from 2011. The new generation DB11, but also the Vulcan or the One-77 all serve as inspiration for the customized flagship grand tourer, with the Vanquish Zagato Concept developed and engineered at Aston’s headquarters in Gaydon. The design is also the work of Aston’s design team, chiefed by Marek Reichman, alongside Zagato chief executive officer Andrea Zagato and his team in Milan.

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With “quintessential Aston Martin proportions”, the prototype is a one-off project with the entire bodywork made out of carbon fiber, deploying big one-piece panels. There’s also a wraparound glasshouse and a new evolution of Aston’s trademark side-strake, which is here paying homage to the CC-100 speedster that was penned to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. The double-bubble’ roof, Zagato’s own trademark from the 1950s, is also making an appearance. Other notable design elements include One-77 inspired wing mirrors, a sculpted rear akin to the DB11’s aerodynamic styling or the ‘bladed’ LED technology from the Vulcan incorporated into the taillights.

Aston Martin takes the wraps off Vanquish Zagato Concept 1

The power credentials are also quite compelling, with the naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 engine taken from 568bhp in the standard £195,950 Vanquish to 591bhp or the retuned adaptive suspension that is said to deliver increased handling complexity. Inside the cockpit there’s more carbon fiber, anodised bronze and aniline leather as well as a “Z” pattern on the seat, door sections and headrests – as well as stitched into the centre console.