It even has a “dynamic” grille that opens and closes.
Last year, Aston Martin announced the DBZ Centenary Collection celebrating Zagato’s 100th anniversary and marking six decades of collaborations between the two companies. The limited-run collection comprises of two models: the track-only DB4 GT Zagato Continuation car and a new road-legal DBS GT Zagato. Production of each car is limited to 19 units – and you can only buy them as a pair for a whopping £6 million ($8 million). Last month, Aston Martin unveiled the first completed only DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, which is billed as Aston Martin’s most expensive new car. Now, the automaker is ready to show off the road-going DBS GT Zagato.
While Aston Martin had already teased the DBS GT Zagato back in March, these new renders give us a much better idea what the final production car will look like – and it’s going to be a feast for the eyes. Based on the DBS Superleggera, the DBS GT Zagato "embodies the next evolution in Aston Martin Zagato design language” and is "inspired by the voluptuous shapes that previously dressed the original DB4 GT Zagato.”
At the front is a unique "dynamic” grille featuring 108-individual diamond-shaped carbon fiber pieces that remain closed when the car is stationary and open when the car roars to life, allowing the twin-turbo V12 to breathe.
Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda said, "This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too. Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it’s resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers”.
The new images also showcase the final design for the large, single piece of carbon fiber that covers the canopy and replaces the rear window. Visibility won't be compromised, however, thanks to a camera-operated rear-view central mirror.
"Form and function are constantly in battle with one another, but this is a great example of where we have been able to utilise modern technologies to ensure no concession has been made on either side,” Reichman added. "It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato and I feel that we have achieved that with this model and I can’t wait to see it in the metal.”
Production of the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato will start in 2020 alongside the 19 DB4 GT Zagato cars that will be created at Aston Martin Works this year.