Van­quish Za­gato gets the chop

VOLANTE JOINS LIMITED-EDI­TION COUPÉ – AND SELLS OUT IM­ME­DI­ATELY

VANTAGE - - Bulletin Vanquish Zagato Volante - WORDS RICHARD MEADEN PHOTOGRAPHY ASTON MARTIN

HOT ON THE HEELS of the fab­u­lous Van­quish Za­gato coupé (is­sue 14), Aston Martin has opened the or­der­book on the equally stun­ning Van­quish Za­gato Volante.

De­mand for the fruits of Aston’s col­lab­o­ra­tive work with Ital­ian styling house Za­gato al­ways out­strips the very limited pro­duc­tion runs. So it was no great sur­prise that, af­ter the Van­quish Za­gato coupé sold out al­most be­fore it was an­nounced, Aston was quick to fol­low up with a Volante ver­sion.

Just 99 of the rak­ish drop­heads will be built, at Aston Martin’s Gay­don head­quar­ters. As with the coupé (and in­deed the new Van­quish S), the Za­gato Volante is pow­ered by an en­hanced ver­sion of the 5.9-litre V12 en­gine, now de­vel­op­ing 592bhp (600PS) and good for a pro­jected 0-60mph time of just 3.7sec.

Styling-wise, the Za­gato Volante shares its pro­por­tions, de­tails and sig­na­ture themes with the coupé. Fuller curves with sharper, more pro­nounced fea­tures com­bine with round tail-lights de­fined by the same lolly-stick ‘blades’ first seen on the Vulcan. Twin cowls blend smoothly into the lead­ing edge of the boot-lid, con­ceal­ing a be­spoke fold­ing hood de­rived from that of the reg­u­lar Van­quish Volante.

In­side, the Za­gato Volante fea­tures ‘Z’ quilt pat­tern stitch­ing on both seat and door sec­tions, with the fa­mous Za­gato em­blem em­bossed on the head­rests. Her­ring­bone car­bon­fi­bre and an­odised bronze de­tail­ing pro­vide other vis­ual and tac­tile high­lights.

As with pretty much ev­ery ‘spe­cial se­ries’ Aston launched in re­cent years, this lat­est Za­gato is al­ready sold out. This de­spite an ask­ing price of around £575,000, some £370,000 more than the reg­u­lar Van­quish Volante on which it’s based. Then again, with V8, DB7 and V12 Za­gato Aston val­ues all on the rise, this lat­est model is likely to prove a sound long-term in­vest­ment.

A num­ber are be­lieved to have been bought by col­lec­tors to sit along­side a Van­quish Za­gato coupé for the ul­ti­mate matched pair. Jeal­ous, us? Just a bit! com­pli­ance and com­fort than the coupé.

Pric­ing is ex­pected to be around £10,000 more than the fixed-head, so a start­ing price of around £155,000. Sales are due to com­mence in the Spring of 2018. We sug­gest you start sav­ing.

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