Just when you thought Aston Martin couldn’t get more exclusive comes the announcement of two new Vanquish Zagato models – a Speedster and a jaw-dropping Shooting Brake.

These two new Vanquish Zagato models follow the Coupe and Volante, both of which were limited to 99 units and, of course, are sold out.

Based on the Aston Martin Vanquish, the Zagatos feature the marque’s glorious 580-horsepower, 6.0-litre V12 mated to the quick-shifting Touchtronic III eight speed automatic transaxle. The Bilstein adaptive dampers are calibrated for each Zagato model. The last Vanquish we tested exemplified grand touring and these Zagatos are as beautiful as they are rare.

All 28 of the uniquely styled, two seat Zagato Speedsters have been sold, naturally, and the fortunate owners taking delivery in 2018.

The remarkable long roof Shooting Brake is also a two seater and is fitted with a custom set of luggage. We think the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will go down in history as one of the most desirable Aston Martins of all time. Only 99 Shooting Brakes will be produced and we’re sure all were spoken for shortly after yesterday’s announcement.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, said, “We haven’t released Zagato models as a family before, at least not in this way, but the idea is not without precedent. Think back to the DB7 Zagato and DB AR1, or the V8 Zagato Coupe and Volante, for example. We’ve simply taken things a few steps further. Why create a family of Zagatos? Well, many of our customers want different things. Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. And yes, some of them have ordered one example of each. There’s always an over­demand from our clients and patrons. We could easily fulfill demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars. With only 325 cars worldwide, divided between 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters and 99 Shooting Brakes ­they are still the rarest of the rare.”

We couldn’t agree more.


Images courtesy of Aston Martin.

Published on Aug 16, 2017