The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept, the latest car in a line of collaborations between the British manufacturer and the Italian design house, has been revealed ahead of its public debut tomorrow at the Villa d’Este concours d’elegance in Italy.
The fifth car produced by the two companies – a partnership that started back in 1960 with the DB4 GT Zagato – draws on design cues featured on recent special-edition models such as the Aston Martin Vulcan and One-77, as well as the latest DB11.
Based on Aston’s flagship grand tourer, the Vanquish Zagato Concept was developed and engineered at Aston’s headquarters in Gaydon. The design was honed by Aston’s design team, led by Marek Reichman, in tandem with Zagato chief executive officer Andrea Zagato and his dedicated team in Milan.
Described by its makers as having “quintessentially Aston Martin proportions”, the one-off model has bodywork entirely shaped from carbonfibre, with large one-piece panels used to reduce shut-lines.
The new concept features a wraparound glasshouse and a new evolution of Aston’s trademark side-strake, which runs from wheel-arch to door in a nod to the CC-100 speedster created to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
The car sports a ‘double-bubble’ roof, which has been a Zagato trademark since the early 1950s that originally arose from the need to accommodate drivers’ racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile.
The Vanquish Zagato Concept features wing mirrors inspired by those on the One-77, and a sculptural rear end similar to DB11's aerodynamic profile, complete with a retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment. The rear lights incorporate the ‘bladed’ LED technology seen on the Vulcan, and the round rear reflectors are an iconic Zagato design flourish. Four exhausts exit through the carbonfibre sills.