50 tears in the making
At the Kuwait Concours d'Elegance, Aston Martin will be making a very special debut with the launch of the new V12 Zagato.
“We are excited to show the new V12 Zagato for the first time in production form at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance,” said Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin. “Over 50 years since the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the original focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.”
The V12 Zagato, being built in strictly limited numbers of up to 150 cars, is due for first customer deliveries in late 2012. Carrying on the partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato that started over 50 years ago with the DB4 GT Zagato, the V12 Zagato, hand assembled in England, is based on the highly acclaimed V12 Vantage and features a hand-crafted aluminium and carbon fiber body along with a bespoke interior.
Combining traditional craftsmanship and high technology, the V12 Zagato also boasts of Aston Martin’s most dynamic bonded aluminium platform and the power of the company’s 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 517 PS and 570 Nm of torque.
The spiritual inspiration for the contemporary V12 Zagato, the DB4GT Zagato came to fruition just over 50 years ago when Aston Martin sought to remove even more weight from the very special DB4GT. In the search of an ever lighter and higher performance version, Aston Martin approached Zagato, a company renowned for such projects. Managing Director, Elio Zagato and Technical Director Gianni Zagato along with a talented team managed to draft the main designs of the DB4GT Zagato in just one week. Of the original 19 examples of the DB4GT Zagato built, all still survive and are held in pride of place within some of the world’s greatest car collections.