Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who writes for the likes of Motor1, Carfection, CNET and DriveTribe.
As 100th birthday presents go, a pair of super limited, super slinky Aston Martins is a pretty good one. Marking its centenary in 2019, legendary coach builder Zagato is seeing triple figures in with some style, not only with a continuation version of the DB4 GT Zagato, but an all new Zagato-ised take on the Aston Martin DBS: The DBS GT Zagato.
The stunning DBS-based creation comes with a 760bhp take on Aston’s already quite potent turbocharged 5.2-litre V12, however the DBS GT Zagato isn’t about power, but design.
The Supernova Red (a ‘Centenary Specification’ exclusive colour) car making its debut comes with exposed carbon fibre accents and 3D printed Satin Black and Gold wheels. The car’s roof and rear diffuser are finished in gloss carbon fibre, while the Aston Martin and Zagato badges are finished in 18-carat gold. Its active front grille, centre lock wheel nuts and side strakes are anodised in black and gold respectively.
That’s just the outside – inside sees Caithness Spicy Red leather with Zagato ‘Z’s stitched in to the seats, and exposed carbon on the gear shift paddles and ‘wheel.
But wait… there’s more, kids! The DBS Zagato is the first car to come with configurable carbon and metal 3D printed interior finishes. Its central ‘saddle’ design comes with a parametric, inter-locking form (which sounds like something off of Star Trek and I’m struggling to get my head around) and can come in carbon, aluminium, or PVD coated gold stainless steel. That last one is for ‘Centenary Specification’ cars only, mind.
Those are only small parts of a far bigger form – the DBS GT Zagato is a HOT car. Zagato has taken the DBS, an already pretty motor, and created a truly stunning shape. Its angled headlights, sharp rear haunches, and Zagato-hallmark double bubble roof are, frankly, breathtaking.
Should you find yourself needing to tweaking the options available as standard, Aston’s Q service is on hand to make your DBS GT Zagato truly unique. But please, for the sake of decency, don’t go for anything too gaudy. The Mona Lisa would look terrible in a shell suit, wouldn’t she?
Here’s the rub though – only 19 are going to be made, and you can only have one if you buy it as part of the DBZ Centenary Collection pair. The upside of that is the fact that the other car in the pair is the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Which is itself a pretty ace looking thing. The pair retails at £6million plus local taxes, and chances are by the time you’ve read this they’re all sold.
Making its world debut at the inaugural Audrian’s Newport Concourse, the DBS GT Zagato completes the DBZ Centenary Collection. The collection serves not only as a neat way to celebrate Zagato’s 100th birthday, but also bookends its relationship with Aston Martin – their first collaboration being the first DB4 GT Zagato in 1960.
Here’s to 100 years of making stunning cars, Zagato, and here’s hoping for many more.