Believe it or not, there’s one model that blends bespoke design, superb craftsmanship and exotic names – and it comes from a well-known supercar manufacturer as well as an established design house.
After years of collaborations – Aston Martin and Zagato are well known and well regarded as partners among connoisseurs – and their latest creation is the modern Vanquish Zagato. When the model first appeared, everyone thought – that just like other such collaborations – it will remain strictly a one-off. But Aston Martin delivered a mastermind blow to the exotic segment, announcing a limited-edition series manufacturing strategy. Now they’re actually topping themselves up by taking this exquisite idea to new heights and turning it into a proper model range. That’s because, next to the 99 Coupes and 99 Volantes already planned for production, the automaker and their partner are also coming up with the Speedster and Shooting Brake versions. A mere 28 Speedsters and another 99 Shooting Brakes will be manufactured.
The Speedster is naturally based on the Volante and comes with an elegant nacelle behind each seat, made out of carbon fiber – they even resonate to the double-bubble roof trademark Zagato design. Deliveries start next year and of course Aston Martin has already pre-sold every example. The Shooting Brake hasn’t been detailed yet in full, and the sole picture shows an extended roof “glass inlays to let light flood into the cockpit” as well as the double-bubble contour. Aston further explains the cockpit has an anodized bronze finish and Z-shaped quilting on the upholstery. A tailor’s luggage set resides in the back, with a powered liftgate to provide access. All Zagato models have been based on the Vanquish S, motivated by the naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 with 580 horsepower (433 kilowatts) and packing an eight-speed automatic gearbox.