The interior features carbonfibre, anodised bronze and aniline leather on the facia, vents and rotary dials. A ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch is used on the seat and door sections as well as being embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.
Previous collaborative concepts between Aston Martin and Zagato have developed into limited-edition road cars, and the V12 Zagato of 2011 was even raced at the Nürburgring, but Gaydon sources are tight-lipped as to whether this will be the case with the Vanquish Zagato Concept.
In addition to the official cars produced by the two companies, there have been a number of one-off cars reimagined by Zagato on behalf of private collectors. These include the DB9 Spider Zagato and DBS Coupe Zagato produced in 2013.
The other Aston Martin Zagato collaborations
1 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (1960-62)
In late 1960 the DB4 GT Zagato was unveiled at the London Motor Show, clothed in a beautiful and lightweight body from the famous Italian coachbuilder. Only 19 examples were produced and this rarity is reflected in their collectability and high value at auction today. Autocar road tested the machine in 1963 and concluded: “In sheer performance there are not more than a half-dozen road cars in the world which can match the agility of this special-bodied Aston Martin. For those to whom the high price is no barrier, but who are prepared to pay for an uncommon, well-engineered vehicle which has the ability to perform creditably on a race track and behave with decorum on the public roads with equal facility, it has few rivals.”
2 Aston Martin V8 Zagato (1986-1990)
The brutish styling divided opinion, but the Zagato carried out some effective performance enhancements that made this limited-edition model hugely desirable. The car’s wheelbase was shortened and the rear seats were removed – in total, the Italian company removed almost 170kg of weight from the standard V8. The rolling chassis was shipped to Milan to be cloaked in Zagato’s bodywork. In the hands of French journalists, the car attained a maximum of 186mph on a quiet autoroute. In addition to the rare coupé, a total of five open-top Volante derivatives were also created.