A prototype test mule of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake has been spotted for the first time.
Last summer, Aston Martin unveiled the awe-inspiring Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, which will be joining the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, Volante, and Speedster. So far, we've been able to marvel at its beauty in render images. Now, over a year later, a Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake prototype has been spotted in the metal for the first time. Prepare to pick your jaw up from the floor.
The first photo posted on Reddit shows the stunning shooting brake storming down the M23 UK highway, while photos shared by Twitter user @dusiue78 give us a clearer look at the camouflaged prototype being transported on the Eurotunnel to Calais. Like other cars in the Zagato Vanquish family, the Shooting Brake features carbon fiber body panels, Vulcan-inspired taillights and 3D Zagato 'Z' motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes. Obviously, the Shooting Brake stands out from the rest thanks to its stretched roofline.
You'll notice, however, that the prototype shown in these new photos doesn't have a gloss carbon roof like the car shown in Aston Martin's renders. The whole exterior appears to be painted in matte red, including the rear diffuser and side air vents. It's a shame because the car doesn't look quite as striking without the bold black accents. But we're nit-picking here, because the shape still looks sensational.
Being based on the outgoing Vanquish S, the Shooting Brake is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 that produces 592 hp. Aston Martin is only building 99 examples of the Zagato Shooting Brake, which matches the production runs of the Coupe and Volante. The Speedster, on the other hand, will be even more limited, with just 28 units planned for production.