Will it be based on the DBS Superleggera?
Over the years, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create some stunning automotive works of art. To celebrate the Italian coachbuilder's 100th anniversary, Aston Martin is launching the DBZ Centenary Collection featuring the track-only DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and the DBS GT Zagato, which will be sold as a pair for $8 million. And now it looks like the two companies are collaborating to build a successor to the stunning Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato. Our spies have caught a mysterious Aston Martin prototype that appears to be a new limited-edition Zagato model.
Finished in naked carbon fiber, the prototype features familiar Zagato design cues such as a large grille opening, a double bubble roof, and striking round rear lights.
Like the DBS GT Zagato, the prototype also doesn't appear to have a rear window, but our spy photographers believe the car could have a glass roof that's covered up in a carbon fiber foil on the prototype. At the back, a prominent diffuser incorporates a quad exhaust system.
While there are some familiar design cues, the mysterious Aston Martin Zagato prototype features redesigned air outlets on the hood and the air blades in the front fenders now extend into the doors. Power will most likely be provided by Aston Martin's signature 5.2-liter V12 that produces 715 horsepower in the DBS Superleggera. However, the output could be increased since Aston Martin has already extracted 760 hp from the same V12 unit in the DBS GT Zagato, which is the most powerful Aston Martin production car to date.
This new prototype could be based on the DBS Superleggera, enabling customers to buy a Zagato version of the grand tourer without it being paired with the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. Alternatively, the shape appears to closely resemble the Aston Martin Vantage, which currently isn't offered with a V12. An Aston Martin Vantage Zagato could finally fill that void. While the prototype is a coupe, the Vanquish Zagato was offered in Coupe, Volante, Shooting Brake, and Speedster body styles, so this new mystery Aston Martin Zagato could continue this trend.
Pricing for the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera starts at $304,995, but the new Zagato will be even more expensive and built in very limited numbers. Only 19 examples of the DBS GT Zagato are being built, but the new Aston Martin Zagato could have a similar production run to the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, which was limited to 99 units.