Lucky num­ber five

As­ton Martin teams with Za­gato for fifth time with new Van­quish Za­gato Coupe

Virtuozity - - Auto News -

As­ton Martin has an­nounced a lim­ited se­ries pro­duc­tion of the Van­quish Za­gato Coupe - the lat­est cre­ation from the car man­u­fac­turer’s long-stand­ing part­ner­ship with Ital­ian de­sign-house Za­gato.

The Van­quish Za­gato Con­cept was un­veiled at the Con­corso d’el­e­ganza Villa d’este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. Thanks to strong cus­tomer in­ter­est, a strictly lim­ited pro­duc­tion run of 99 cars will be built to or­der.

This will be the fifth car to emerge from a col­lab­o­ra­tion that stretches back over five decades. As­ton claims that new Van­quish Za­gato is a GT car that blends its re­fine­ment and ca­pa­bil­i­ties with Za­gato’s char­ac­ter­is­tic de­sign de­tails. As­ton Martin’s 6.0L V12 pow­er­train has been up­rated to in­crease its out­put to 600 PS1, ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing a pro­jected 0-100 km/h time of 3.5 sec­onds. The added per­for­mance has been matched to a “unique” sus­pen­sion setup.

The de­sign of the pro­duc­tion Van­quish Za­gato will be closely re­lated to the con­cept ex­hib­ited at Villa d’este, though it must be said that the pro­por­tions re­main quintessen­tially As­ton Martin. The new body­work is en­tirely shaped from car­bon­fi­bre, with the split lines on the body sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced by the use of large one-piece pan­els.

Other de­sign de­tails in­clude new lights with round tail light re­flec­tors that evoke the clas­sic Za­gato rear view, us­ing the same ‘bladed’ LED tech­nol­ogy as the As­ton Martin Vulcan, while the wing mir­rors are closely re­lated to the units de­vel­oped for the One-77.

The roof fea­tures the iconic ‘dou­ble­bub­ble’, its shal­low ra­dius dip­ping into the rear win­dow glass to give the car an un­mis­take­able rear sil­hou­ette. A Za­gato trade­mark since the early 1950s, orig­i­nally arose from the need to ac­com­mo­date rac­ing hel­mets with a min­i­mum im­pact on the aero­dy­namic pro­file.

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