New V12 Zagato has a “100 per cent British” design, says Aston Martin’s design boss
Steve Cropley Autocar
8 February 2012

Aston Martin has finished refining the styling of its £405,000 V12 Zagato, the ‘baby One-77’ that will become a new hand-built flagship for its compact Vantage range when it goes on sale later this year.

The car was shown in concept form at the Villa d’Este last May and the Frankfurt show last September, and it raced as a prototype in June at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. It will make its debut in showroom-ready trim at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance next week. Production - strictly limited to 150 units - is due to begin in September.

The V12 Zagato marks the 50-year relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato (the pioneering DB4 GT first appeared in 1961 and was sold during 1962). It is the first Zagato-badged car ever to have been designed entirely in the UK.

The V12 project was agreed between Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez and the Italian company’s head, Andrea Zagato, in early 2010, and they set their designers a direct competition to come up with a production theme. The British design was rapidly selected by Bez and Zagato, and its main elements were finalised by late March 2010.

Aston design boss Marek Reichman revealed last week that, although produced with the close co operation of the Italian coachbuilder, the design is “100 per cent British”. He claims this is the first time a UK design has taken top spot in the hard-fought ‘concepts and prototypes’ class at the Villa d’Este concours.

The V12 Zagato questions some of Aston’s usual design values, said Reichman. There is a strong line cutting through the cant rail above the windows, plus a new expression of Zagato’s characteristic double-bubble roof, a reassuring ‘hockey stick’ lower window line and a convex, full-faced grille. “Zagato’s Astons have always had a slightly bulging quality,” said Reichman, “as if the T-shirt was a little too tight for the muscles beneath.”

Since June, Aston’s engineers have been completing the car’s quilted interior design and refining its structure and aerodynamics. It will use many of the construction methods adopted for the One-77.

Each V12 Zagato will take about 2000 hours to build. It will sit on the Vantage’s extruded aluminium VH chassis but will be clad with a hand-finished alloy bonnet, roof and door panels. The front and rear wings, door sills and boot surround will be of carbonfibre.

The car will use the V12 Vantage’s powertrain: a normally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 producing 510bhp at 6500rpm, plus 420lb ft of torque at 5750rpm. The manual six-speed gearbox is mounted in unit with the differential under the rear of the car, connected by an alloy torque tube and a carbonfibre tailshaft. Top speed is estimated at 190mph and 0-62mph will take 4.2sec.

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39

8 February 2012

Nissan GT-R rip-off styling, but sub-Nissan GT-R performance for 6 times the price! The anti-bargain!

8 February 2012

[quote The Special One]Nissan GT-R rip-off styling, [/quote]And all the worse for it.

8 February 2012

Copy of the new Ford Mondeo!

8 February 2012

Reminds me of the T350.

8 February 2012

I can see both the GTR and the T350 in this as mentioned by others, but its not as good as either. And the front is too fussy, and 'unfortunate'. I sugest they go back to the drawing board and try again

8 February 2012

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Aston design boss Marek Reichman revealed last week that, although produced with the close co operation of the Italian coachbuilder, the design is “100 per cent British”. He claims this is the first time a UK design has taken top spot in the hard-fought ‘concepts and prototypes’ class at the Villa d’Este concours.

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If the car is produced in UK and the design is 100% British, what Zagato did??

The name won the Villa d'Este, as often happened...not the design

8 February 2012

My first reaction is disappointment. Aston seem repeatedly to have got away with a feel-good factor to compensate for underwhelming performance, but at 400 grand? Wouldn't it be a little bit annoying to get out-dragged by a $60,000 Camaro or Mustang? And this isn't the nicest looking Aston interior, either.

I wonder if the One-77 will be able to trouble a CLS AMG in a straight line?

8 February 2012

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My first reaction is disappointment. Aston seem repeatedly to have got away with a feel-good factor to compensate for underwhelming performance, but at 400 grand? Wouldn't it be a little bit annoying to get out-dragged by a $60,000 Camaro or Mustang? And this isn't the nicest looking Aston interior, either.

I wonder if the One-77 will be able to trouble a CLS AMG in a straight line?

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With a so limited run the exclusivity is the key factor but they could have added a bunch of hp. Anyway I recently saw my first One-77 on the road in Germany, what impressed me most was the sound, great V12! I know that for the price it's not enough but at least in that outperforms every super-fast AMG or Brabus.

8 February 2012

A dissapointment as it does not have the 'want one' factor of the other Aston models.The price is crazy to say the least.Pity!!

8 February 2012

I really like it, i dont really care if it seems a bit GTR ish i dont know what it is but theres just not an aston in existance that dosent make me druel haha.

Well as for the price...that makes my knees weak haha

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