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Meet the lovely Zagato Mostro
DB4. V12 Vantage. Raptor. TZ3 Corsa. TZ3 Stradale. Vanquish. Z4. Italian design house Zagato has kicked out some of the motoring world’s most astonishing cars, and today, we can add another one. Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the Zagato ‘Mostro’.
It’s a limited edition, coachbuilt car that’ll make its debut at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and pays homage to the 1957 Maserati 450 S Coupe Zagato ‘Monster’. It also celebrates Maserati’s centenary, and we can’t think of a better gift.
That 450 S, Zagato explains, was built for racing first, and then converted to the road, and so it goes with the new Mostro. It’s a track special that’s road-legal, and features a ‘MonoCell’ carbon fibre chassis (that’s a McLaren term, but it’s unclear whether Zagato has borrowed a Woking-built carbon tub: if so, it’s undergone some pretty serious modification), coupled to some steel tubing to accommodate the cabin and the subframe.
The bodywork is made entirely of carbon fibre, and up front - but behind the front axle - sits a dry-dumped, Maserati-sourced V8 engine. No power output is given, but we can assume it’ll get at least 460bhp.
This engine is hooked up to a semi-automatic six-speed gearbox, driving the rear wheels. There’s double wishbones at the front and rear, with a pushrod spring and shock set-up. 19-inch wheels sit over ‘large’ disc brakes.
More important than the tech detail is that it looks truly stunning. “The final design of the Mostro is not nostalgic,” explains Zagato, “but rather iconic.”
Zagato says the proportions of the Mostro mirror that of the lovely 450 S: that huge bonnet, small, rounded tail and “significant stylistic purity”. The doors are delicious, too, opening upwards in a decision “dictated by the shape of the carbon fibre cell.”
As mentioned, it’s a limited edition car: Zagato will be building just five, and all have been accounted for. There’s also no mention of price, but as you can’t buy one, that’s probably a moot point. They’ll all be finished and delivered by the end of 2015, however, so if one of you lucky five is reading this, erm, get in touch? Please?