Aston Martin and Zagato flaunt their latest anniversary creation
This year, the famous Italian coachbuilder Zagato is celebrating 100 years of iconic creations and beautiful design.
Having been one of the company’s best customers, Aston Martin is spending the year celebrating the two companies’ achievements together.
Many cars have emerged from the partnership between these two iconic brands over the years such as the V12 Zagato, the Vanquish Zagato and of course, the DB4 GT Zagato.
Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced that it would resurrect the DB4 GT Zagato to celebrate the design house’s centenary, as it was the first car to come out of the 58-year collaboration.
Today, the Gaydon-based company has announced yet another Zagato designed special to accompany the DB4 GT Zagato continuation forming the DBZ Centenary Collection. This new car is called the DBS GT Zagato and is based on the already fabulous DBS Superleggera.
As with many Zagato creations, the DBS GT has a very large front grille which harks back to the DB4. According to Aston Martin, the grille will open up upon start-up allowing the V12 engine to breath. However, whilst the car’s heart is switched off, the cooling vanes will close and remain flush with the body work. This is something the company calls a “dynamic front grille”.
The rear of the car keeps a similar design language as previous Zagato creations before it with the spoked tail lights. Furthermore, the rear window has been replaced by a fully carbon fibre roof. The mirror has therefore been replaced by a camera relaying everything going on behind the car to the driver via a digital screen in the cabin.
When asked about the creation, Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin said, “Form and function are constantly in battle with one another, but this is a great example of where we have been able to utilise modern technologies to ensure no concession has been made on either side.
"It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato and I feel that we have achieved that.”
It is as yet unclear as to whether the DBS GT Zagato will feature any performance upgrades to differentiate it from the Superleggera although the twin-turbocharged V12 engine should suffice.
Production for the car will begin in 2020 and will be sold alongside each of the 19 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations for a staggering £6 million for the set.