Aston Martin Zagato on the Furka Pass
We head to Bond’s stomping ground in Goldfinger to test a very special Aston
Posted: 01 Oct 2012
The 6.0-litre lump develops 510bhp, the same as the standard V12 Vantage. I wonder if Aston missed a small trick here by not bumping up the Zagato's power a touch (the DB4 Zag had around 75bhp more than its donor car), allowing potential customers to boast that they own not only a very exclusive modern Aston Martin, but also the most powerful Vantage.
Still, half a ton of horsepowers isn't to be harrumphed at in a car some 20cm shorter - and a little narrower - than a Mercedes SL. Even in dry, warm, late-summer conditions, the V12 will overwhelm its fat 295-section rear tyres in every gear up to fourth. Planting the throttle is like being punched in the solar plexus by a small but intensely powerful fist: a huge amount of energy condensed into a tiny package.