Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Zagato: A Briton in Italian's clothing
Zagato made the Aston Martin Vanquish even more beautiful!
Just look at it! Isn't it one of the sexiest cars you've ever seen? Zagato and Aston Martin need no introduction. The first is one of the most legendary Italian coachbuilders ever and is responsible for cars like the bonkers Alfa Romeo SZ, the beautiful Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio, or the odd Lancia Hyena. The second one is from the United Kingdom and has manufactured world-class sports cars since 1913. Italians and British are nothing alike and yet, when they come together they can build some of the most beautiful cars.
The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato started in 1960 with the production of the DB4 GT Zagato. Not only the Italian coachbuilder made sure to make all of its creations pieces of art, but they also developed them as better sports cars that could go racing by making them lighter and more focused. Even though they did not sell as many as they hoped for (20 units... you can just imagine how much it costs today), the alliance came back on track 26 years later with the V8 Zagato. Now, racing was out of the question and the idea here was just to enhance the overall look of the car, and produce a limited amount of models. This philosophy lived on, and in 2016 Aston Martin released the Vanquish Zagato.
For this car, Zagato and Aston Martin worked on four different body styles and all were obviously limited in production. The automaker and coachbuilder launched 99 coupes, 99 Volantes, 99 Shooting Brakes, and only 28 Speedsters. The one featured here is a 2018 Volante that only covered 2'100 km, and is finished in the launch colour, Diavolo Red. When our friends from Perego Cars told us they had it for sale, we just had to come and check it out! They even made a cool video about it!
Just 1 of 99. Just think about it, this thing is rarer than the LaFerrari or even the McLaren F1. This reflected in a hefty price tag of $850'000 when new. For your information, a standard Vanquish S Volante used to cost half-a-million less. What more does the Zagato have to offer? Honestly, there is not much. You get the same 604 horsepower 6.0 V12 as the regular car, some "enhanced driving dynamics" although we're not that sure about that, and a pretty unique exterior design that only 98 other people will get to have in their garage. There is nothing rational about this car, and a standard Vanquish is already plenty for sure. However, there is just something extra about this Aston Martin that makes it so special. The association to the mythical Zagato name is here to remind us of the rich history of coachbuilding and the exclusivity of driving something that not anybody can afford. I think that exclusivity is the right word here. You don't buy just a car, but an extremely limited edition piece of art.
And this is the kind of art that you can drive. Even with the Zagato restyling, the Vanquish stays true to its Aston Martin philosophy. The naturally-aspirated V12 is one of the loudest engines we've heard on a modern car and pushes like it has no limits. Under this elegant design hides an absolute hooligan capable of hitting 324 km/h, and go from 0-100 km/h in only 3.5 seconds. All of that can be done with the roof off. As fast as the Zagato can go, it's not here to set some lap times. The Vanquish Z is still pretty much a GT that will much more enjoy long trips than a casual thrash on the Nürburgring.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Zagato is a car with a lot of heritage. Being the descendant of some of the most captivating cars that have even been produced is not an easy task, but Zagato has managed to design a timeless beauty that looks modern while still retaining some historic cues. More than just a regular Vanquish, the Zagato will stand the test of time as it represents far more than just a sports car. It's the materialization of one of the greatest partnerships in automobile history, and for some, this will be worth every penny.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/
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