Design | The New Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept is Mindblowing

May 20, 2016  |  Design

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James Bond’s coach builder Aston Martin and iconic Italian design house Zagato have teamed up to create the stunning new carbon-fiber-bodied Vanquish Zagato Concept set to debut at the glitzy Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, this weekend, marking the fifth time that Aston and Zagato have collaborated on a car over five decades, beginning with the DB4 GT Zagato in 1960.

The stunning concept was designed in close collaboration between the Aston Martin design branch, led by Marek Reichman, and Andrea Zagato and his dedicated team in Milan. The concept features proportions that emphasize a dynamic, forward-looking stance: new bodywork that is entirely shaped from carbon fibre, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. new round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic rear view of a zagato design, incorporating the same ‘bladed’ LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan.

Referencing elements of the brand’s present design language, The Vanquish Zagato concept features ‘one-77’ inspired wing mirrors and a sculptural rear end similar to the DB11’s aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment. A quad-exhaust nestles in the carbon fibre sills that run around the lower body, creating a pronounced line from front to rear. Inside, the cabin is filled with herringbone carbon fibre paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather to give the door panels, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality while te seats have a Z quilted stitch pattern with more Zs in the headrests and the center console. Power comes from a naturally aspirated V12 uprated to 592 horsepower. The roof has a double-bubble profile that’s a hallmark of Zagato design that dates to the 1950s.

“Over the years, we have developed and refined our own design language and we have always gone that little bit further with our special series cars like CC-100, one-77 and aston martin vulcan,” says aston martin executive vice president and chief creative officer, Marek Reichman. “The vanquish zagato concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design.”

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