Friday July 8th, 2011 16:05 Aston Martin give go-ahead to the V12 Zagato

 

Aston Martin has announced its plans to begin production of the stunning new V12 Zagato in the summer of 2012. The two-seater supercar was first unveiled back in May at the Villa D’Este Concours in Italy, but it was the 2011 Nurburgring 24 hour race last month where Aston Martin’s latest collaboration with the Zagato design house really came to the attention of car enthusiasts. At the endurance race in Germany, the two competing V12 Zagato’s finished a solid fifth and sixth in class.

Aston Martin’s production plans for the Zagato differ slightly from what was anticipated when details of the supercar first emerged. Initially, it was expected that well under 100 units of the V12 Zagato would be produced, but now Aston Martin expect to produce a slightly less limited run of 150. The first deliveries of the Anglo-Italian collaboration should make their way to buyers towards the end of next year.

There are still no official statistics for the V12 Zagato’s top speed or 0-62mph time, but it is estimated that it will be able to reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds and that its top speed will be in the region of 190mph.

While first guesses at a price for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato came in at the £200,000 price region, it is apparently going to cost buyers a hefty £330,000, and £396,000 including VAT. That price is three times the price of the V12 Vantage, which costs £135,000, even though it shares the same 6.0-litre V12 engine, chassis and core design. Time to start saving your pennies, Aston Martin fans!

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Sunday May 22nd, 2011 15:06 Aston Martin Unveils the V12 Zagato

 

Aston Martin’s new V12 Zagato was unveiled yesterday at the Villa D’Este Concours on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. The car was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, and takes its inspiration from previous collaborations between Aston Martin and the Zagato design house. Previous collaborations have resulted in cars such as the V8 Vantage Zagato and the DB7 Zagato.

Based on the mechanics of the V12 Vantage, the Zagato’s 6.0-litre V12 engine will produce 510bhp and 570 Nm of torque. It is not yet known how quickly it will go from 0-62mph, or what its top speed is.

As building the car’s shell with the use of machines wasn’t possible, Zagato engineers have hand crafted each aluminium design flourish from sheet metal. To show the lengths to which the design house have went to to create the V12 Zagato, each front wing required the working together of seven distinct pieces of metal, and each roof bubble consists of five pieces.

Mark Reichmann, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, says: “The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style. The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials.”

People looking for a glimpse of the V12 Zagato in action will have to wait until late June, when a racing version of the V12 Zagato will compete in a 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in Germany. It is expected that production of the V12 Zagato will fall well under the 99 units of the DB7 Zagato, but buyers should expect to pay in the region of £200,000 for the latest collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato.

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