Vanquish Zagato family gains Speedster & Shooting Brake
Vanquish Zagato family gains Speedster & Shooting Brake
Posted: August 16th 2017
By: Sam Bisby

It’s one of the most iconic automotive partnerships in the business, and it’s just become even stronger with the announcement of two new models to join the Vanquish Zagato Coupe and Volante.

Aston Martin and Zagato have been making cars together since the DB4 GT Zagato that arrived in 1960, with the collaboration thriving over the last 57 years to produce some of the most stunning cars imagined. Now in 2017, that relationship has sparked a whole range, using the glorious Vanquish S as the base DNA.

Joining the previously revealed Vanquish Zagato coupe and Volante are the spectacular Speedster and Shooting Brake models. This family of four vehicles will see a total of 325 examples be built, with each model becoming incredibly exclusive. All Coupe and Volante examples have been sold (99 of each will be made), while the Speedster will yield only 28 and the Shooting Brake another 99.

All four variants are based on the Vanquish S and as a result, each Zagato model benefits from the car’s 600ps naturally-aspirated V12 powerplant. This is mated to the smooth, slick-shifting Touchtronic III, while the adaptive damping has been fine-tuned for each model.

When it comes to the newest of the four cars, the Speedster and Shooting Brake are by far the most extreme. The former offers a uncompromised design, with the roofless aspect and bespoke styling making the Speedster a raw and exciting prospect. Despite having no roof, however, the Speed Humps rising out behind the seats still bring the traditional Zagato double bubble effect to the design.

While its exterior might fool you, the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake remains a two-seater just like the rest of the range. However, the model has been designed to be not only completely individual in its appearance, but also as an exceptionally practical GT. The Zagato double bubble roof features again, morphing into a rear end that offers a powered tailgate and dramatic styling. Inside the rear cabin area you’ll discover a luxuriously trimmed boot which is complemented accordingly with a tailored luggage set.

Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake

Speaking of the Vanquish Zagato family, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, commented: “We haven’t released Zagato models as a family before, at least not in this way, but the idea is not without precedent. Think back to the DB7 Zagato and DB AR1, or the V8 Zagato Coupe and Volante, for example. We’ve simply taken things a few steps further. Why create a family of Zagatos? Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. And yes, some of them have ordered one example of each. There’s always an over-demand from our clients and patrons. We could easily fulfill demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars. With only 325 cars worldwide, divided between 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters and 99 Shooting Brakes - they are still the rarest of the rare.”

Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato, said of the two firm's partnership: “Zagato’s relationship with Aston Martin began with my grandfather and the DB4 GT Zagato, almost sixty years ago. To have a creative ‘marriage‘ thrive for three generations is something as unique as the cars themselves. My family name is associated with all kinds of wonderful designs, but for many enthusiasts and collectors around the world those that combine the Z of Zagato with the wings of Aston Martin are the most special. Collaborating closely on the design of four complimentary, yet completely different Vanquish Zagatos has been an incredibly exciting challenge. I’m proud to continue the story my grandfather started and thrilled that our partnership with Aston Martin continues to realise such exciting cars.”

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