Aston Martin V12 Zagato surfaces in final form
Previously presented as a prototype in Frankfurt last September, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is making its debut in full-production guise this weekend at the Kuwait Concours d'Elegance before heading to Geneva in March. This striking Grand Touring coupe that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato as well as a half century of collaborative design efforts between Aston and the famed Italian design house, will go into a limited production run of 150 units starting this fall at the automaker's factory in Gaydon, England.
Based on the current V12 Vantage, the V12 Zagato features a unique body design with elements made from hand-crafted aluminum and lightweight carbon fiber. Its bolder, more assertive appearance is set off by a black chrome finish on all exterior brightwork, symmetrical weave patterns on all of the exposed cabon fiber bits - including the new decklid spoiler -- and striking Zagato-designed 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, 255/35s up front and 295/30s in the rear. The V12 Zagato will be available in one four bespoke exterior colors: Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue and Diavolo Red.
Inside, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato's cabin in covered in no less than seven full Bridge of Weir hides rendered in a hand-sewn quilted motif that counterpoints the premium black semi-analine leather with red contrast stitching. Other Zagato-specific touches include satin-finish carbon fiber on the dash and center stack with piano black accents and satin black rotary switchgear, carbon fiber sill plaques with "V12 Zagato" metal inlays and an embroidered "Z" in the headrests of the sport bucket seats and rear parcel shelf.
As previously announced, the V12 Zagato will be fitted with the same 6.0-liter V12 engine used in the Vantage S that develops 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Driving the rear wheels via a rear-mounted six-speed manual transaxle, it will let theV12 Zagato sprint from 0-60 mph in about four seconds and top out at an estimated 190 mph. To help it put that might to best use, the car also will have a dedicated sport suspension that includes the automaker's fully-adjustable Multimatic DSSV Dampers as well as competition-spec brakes.
Aston says that construction of the new V12 Zagato Coupe will employ many of the specific techniques and utilize dedicated build areas originally developed for the firm's even-more-exclusive One-77 supercar. It's estimated that each vehicle will require some 2,000 man hours to complete. European pricing for the Aston Martin V12 Zagato is set to start is around $525,000 with deliveries beginning sometime in the fall. No word yet as to the arrival time or sticker numbers for any versions that ultimately make it to our shores.