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
Driving the Zagato hard on these lofty mountain roads is a lethally, brilliantly simple exercise: go as fast as your bravery reserves allow; crash and die as soon as you exceed them. Unlike so many modern cars, the Zag doesn't feel idiot-proof. It has the brutish mien of a Sixties muscle car: a car built around a big engine with secondary regard for driver wellbeing.
Not that it's bad to drive, simply uncompromising. The Zag's steering is seriously weighty, the sort of wheel you grip hard, biceps tensed, rather than twirl with a couple of fingers. Aston insists the Zagato is a reskin rather than a mechanical reworking, so maybe it's just a psychological trick of being wrapped in squishy stitched leather and posh plaques, but the Zagato feels more expensively engineered than the standard V12.