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The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato lives!

Aston will build 99, for half a million quid each. But they’re all, um, sold out

Published: 21 Jun 2016

Knew it. As soon as we clapped eyes on the gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato, we suspected Aston wouldn’t be able to resist a small production run.

So it transpires. Today, Aston has confirmed that it intends to build just 99 of the Vanquish Zagato coupes, to order, at its facility in Gaydon.

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And about that order: we’re told that they’ve already sold out. So while the price is a moot point, the lucky 99 would have paid around £500,000 for the privilege. Yikes.

Though that’s some privilege. While technically it’s a gussied up Vanquish, the end result is more than the sum of its parts. It takes the new Vanquish’s base, fits an uprated 592bhp version of Aston’s venerable 6.0-litre V12, and slots it underneath that bespoke, carbon fibre body.

We’re told the VZ will be able to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds, performance that is allied to “a unique suspension setup” to give the driver “a true dynamic experience”.

The final design matches the concept car we saw at Villa D’Este, with all its one-piece carbon fibre panels and bladed LED tech just like those on the Vulcan track car.

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There’s also a nod to the One-77 (the same wing mirrors), along with Zagato’s traditional design cue of the sloping, double bubble roof. The side strakes too, reference the new DB11, and you get a ‘wraparound’ glasshouse meant to emulate a visor. Because racing.

It’s all Herringbone carbon fibre and anodised bronze inside, along with the obligatory ‘Z’ stitching all round. “The Vanquish Zagato is a significant new chapter in the history of the two marques,” explains AM. That history stretches all the way back to the 1960s and the lovely Zagato DB4 GT, a car now worth around £10 million.

Does that make the half a million quid tag slapped on this Vanquish Zagato more palatable? For 99 people at least, it would appear so...

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