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What you’re about to see is sort of the end of an era. We emphasize the ‘sort of’ part. Thanks to YouTube spotter Automotive Mike, this is recent footage of an Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato advanced prototype testing at the Nurburgring. Because it was already revealed nearly a year ago, there’s no reason for any camouflage. So why is the car so special? For starters, it’s been styled by Italian design house Zagato as part of the longstanding relationship it’s had with Aston Martin.
Compared to the standard Vanquish, take note of the round taillights and that distinct double-bubble roof. Only 99 examples of the coupe are planned, but there will be an additional 99 convertibles at a later date. So why is this particular Aston Martin a reminder of what we’re about to lose? It’s engine.
Under the hood lies a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 with 592 hp, enabling the Aston to enjoy a 0-60 mph sprint time of only 3.5 seconds. No manual gearbox will be offered here, limited to an eight-speed automatic which sends power to the rear wheels. Heck, the sound the tires are making here as they try to grip the pavement on the corners sounds great. The brand new DB11 ditched the NA V12 for a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 with about the same output. But still, there’s no replacement for displacement when it comes to the dramatic bark of a V12 like this one.