The limited-edition convertible delivers 592bhp; just 99 will make production, priced in excess of £500,000

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, a limited-edition convertible model, has been revealed at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Volante follows the success of the Vanquish Zagato Coupé, which was first seen in concept form at Villa d’Este in May.

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Like the Coupé, the Volante has a run of just 99 models, expected to cost in excess of £500,000 each.

The model is the latest in a long partnership with Italian design house Zagato that dates back to 1960 when the DB4 GT Zagato was created. Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles include the V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987, and the DB AR 1 from 2003.

The DB AR1 was developed as an open-topped Zagato-bodied DB7, also limited to 99 units and, like the Vanquish Zagato Volante, designed for the US market.

The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares it proportions with the Coupé and features round tail-light reflectors that use the same LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. Twin cowls behind the front seats leading towards the luggage compartment conceal a folding hood, derived from the mechanism used in the standard Vanquish Volante. There are also carbonfibre sills around the lower body.

Aston Martin design boss Marek Reichman said the brand has “endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that emphasises the car’s sculpted rear haunches”.

The naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 engine, which was developed and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, has been uprated from 568bhp in the standard £204,995 Vanquish Volante to 592bhp, with a predicted 0-60mph time of 3.7sec.

The interior features carbonfibre, anodised bronze and Bridge of Weir leather, with a quilted ‘Z’ pattern on the seat and door sections and an embossed ‘Z’ motif on the headrests and centre console.

Aston Martin said the model is a “powerful addition to the Aston Martin and Zagato lineage, embodying Aston Martin’s inherent refinement and capabilities, as well as Zagato’s characteristic design details”.

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20 August 2016
Well I like it I surprise it a 4 seater because there seat belts in the back. The coupe is 2 seater aren't I mistaken.

20 August 2016
OMG, this looks amazing. The price though!!!

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20 August 2016
Don't understand this fashion of using complex surfacing to define the shape of a car. The Maybach coupe concept car, for all its exaggerated length, does represent a refreshing simplicity and confidence.
Look at any classic car, the beauty is in the shape, not what you do to the shape.

20 August 2016
Aston Martin designs are experiencing a renaissance to my eyes. Even the interiors are lovely, compared to the days of the Vanquish and DB9. Motoring critics are seldom kind to Astons when comparing them to Porsches or Ferraris, but if I am in the market for a supercar, I may sacrifice the last three percent of driving thrill for this new look.

alfie

20 August 2016
Why the hearing-aid colour interior?

20 August 2016
Hee hee hee, there are some stupid rich people

20 August 2016
Rather tasty especially the rear treatment. Pity about the nail varnish red though - it would look grogeous in an azure blue or AM Zagato light green or pewter/gun metal i.e. almost anything else.

20 August 2016
Looks like my friends vantage with a bigger/uglier grill and MX5 tail lights...

£500k? Singer 911 please...

21 August 2016
I'm really disappointed with the design of this model and even more disappointed that this is a special limited edition costing over £500k!
The design lacks the seamless and timeless elegance that Aston Martin is known for, and I am also troubled about their design direction of the rear end which I have on some of their newer models which seems to be heavily inspired by Ferrari with the round tail lights -- what ever happened to their characteristic split C-shaped tail lights?
This car looks like a dated mishmash of design elements that lacks the sexy, sophisticated sleek look that we are used to seeing from Aston Martin -- I hope this trend will not continue.

21 August 2016
ahaus wrote:

I'm really disappointed with the design of this model and even more disappointed that this is a special limited edition costing over £500k!
This car looks like a dated mishmash of design elements that lacks the sexy, sophisticated sleek look that we are used to seeing from Aston Martin -- I hope this trend will not continue.

But this trend of bending, folding, twisting body panels is continuing not only at AM but almost everywhere else.
The current fashion is for architects to bend, fold and twist, but they work with simple elements of windows, walls and roof so the overall result can be made coherent.
Whereas a car already has individual components like lights, grille, wheels, windscreen - all very different in size and shape. The art is to arrange these distinct elements into a harmonious whole. Bulges, crease lines etc. only over-complicate what is already a complex set of elements.
The DB11, despite some details I question, offers a much cleaner shape.

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