Zagato have made their first deliveries of the divisive IsoRivolta GTZ
Is this a modern day throwback of the mythical Lamborghini Miura?
In today's world, most manufacturers are focusing less on aesthetics, and more on what makes a car nerdier, faster, and more aerodynamic. Beating the body work in such a way that it excites and soothes onlookers is becoming a lost art to many, but one nation will indefinitely continue to place impression in as high a regard as performance: Italy - and of its many, many artisans, Milanese firm Zagato are perhaps the purest representative they have.
The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. Image credit: Oracle time.
They've firmly embedded their name in automotive folklore for being a company that has an otherworldly ability to be able to sculpt raw metal into creations that look like they belong in the pages of fiction. Simply put, Zagato will hit, rather than miss .. every single time. And they've only added to their reputation with their latest painting, the IsoRivolta GTZ, of which the first official example has now been delivered.
I'm not sure how many of you will agree with me on this, but I think it looks incredibly similar to the Lamborghini Miura. Look at the low-slung body shape, its slightly oval headlights, and its chunky grille .. am I just being daft or is there any tangible correlation? Even the performance figures are fairly similar - and in any instance, I don't think there's anything wrong with a reincarnation of one of the world's greatest ever supercars anyway.
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Its gorgeous body has been carved entirely from carbon fibre, despite the fact that aluminium would've been easier to work with, and it's been paired with the LT4 engine from the Camaro ZL1: a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that churns out 650bhp and an equal number of torques. Zagato claim that this enormous grunt helps rifle the GTZ from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds.
Despite the fact that even a modern day BMW M3 can pretty much match that acceleration figure, there are very few cars that will look (and probably sound) as good as this car will whilst climbing through the gears. Its top speed is capped at 195mph, but let's be honest, no GTZ will ever be taken up to that speed - it would be a sacrilege to try and redefine the point of this car.
Whilst the price hasn't really been made public, we do know that only 19 GTZ's will ever be made, further adding to its exotic demeanour, and cementing its place among the worlds most exclusive bracket of vehicles. There are still plenty of details we don't know about this car, with its architect's opting to remain tight-lipped until all their stock has been moved - but one thing is well and truly certain: Zagato have done it again.