With all four cars based on the Vanquish S, the Zagatos use Aston’s naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V12 petrol engine, which produces 592bhp – 27bhp more than the standard Vanquish. It's mated to a Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission.
Combined with adaptive damping fine-tuned for each model, the Zagatos promise “exceptional driving pleasures that are every bit as stimulating and memorable as their design", according to Aston Martin.
The Coupé and Volante can do the 0-62mph sprint in 3.5sec and 3.9sec respectively. Additional weight in both the Speedster’s convertible system and the Shooting Brake’s design means this time will extend slightly on these models. Top speed will be about 197mph.
The most noticeable design on the Speedster is the so-called Speed Humps behind the front seats, which represent Zagato’s ‘double bubble’ roof, a feature originally added to the firm’s racing cars of the 1950s to allow space for racing helmets.
Like the other Vanquish Zagato models, the Speedster has body panels made from carbonfibre, Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired tail-lights and repeated 3D Zagato ‘Z’ motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes.
The Shooting Brake remains a two-seater despite its estate-like appearance. However, Aston Martin says it has been conceived as “an individual and exceptionally practical GT”. The extended roof also features the double-bubble surface with glass inlays to allow light inside. It also has a powered tailgate that opens onto a "luxuriously trimmed" rear area complete with tailored luggage.
Both the Coupé and Volante Zagatos are priced at around £500,000. The Shooting Brake is expected to cost £650,000, while the Speedster, as the most exclusive model, will be the most expensive. It's set to cost just under £1 million.
Aston Martin's chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, said: “We haven’t released Zagato models as a family before, at least not in this way, but the idea is not without precedent. Think back to the DB7 Zagato and DB AR1, or the V8 Zagato Coupé and Volante, for example. We’ve simply taken things a few steps further. Why create a family of Zagatos? Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupé, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. And yes, some of them have ordered one example of each.