The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato will appear in September at the 64th IAA International Auto Show at Frankfurt. Along with the largest display of contemporary Aston Martins ever seen at an auto how, two V12 Zagatos, both having completed their engineering sign-off at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, will be shown for the first time at a mainstream event.
Hand assembled at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, England, the V12 Zagato is based on the highly acclaimed V12 Vantage and features a’handcrafted‘ aluminum and carbon fiber body.
Combining traditional craftsmanship and high technology, the V12 Zagato also boasts Aston Martin’s bonded aluminum platform and a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 510hp with 420 lb-ft of torque.
Following extremely positive customer reaction, the V12 Zagato is being offered for sale at £330,000 GBP (around $540,000) and will go into strictly limited production of up to 150 cars in summer 2012.
Fifty years after the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity which underpinned the original collaboration.
Launched successfully in late May at the famous Villa D’Este Concours on Lake Como, Italy, the V12 Zagato saw off tough competition to be awarded the coveted Design Award for the concept and prototypes class.
Just one week later, the V12 Zagato made its racing debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the historic Nürburgring racetrack in Germany. Following other appearances in the series, both prototypes of the V12 Zagato were entered into the grueling 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour on 25/26 June, successfully amassing 230 laps and over 3700 miles of intense durability testing – both taking the checkered flag to maintain Aston Martin’s 100% finish record in the race.
The first of the two V12 Zagatos being shown at the Frankfurt Show, finished in its distinctive green livery, is the endurance racecar concept specification as campaigned at the Nürburgring. The car, nicknamed ‘Zig’ by the factory team, features a full aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, rear diffuser and spoiler.
The second cars, nicknamed ‘Zag’, was originally shown at the Villa D’Este before being converted into the same racing specification as its sister car. Since the 24-hour race, Zag has been returned to its original show specification which, although having a racing interior, has an exterior more representative of the exclusive road car currently offered for order.
In addition to this, Aston Martin releases the first conceptual illustrations of the road-car variant that will go into production from mid 2012.
The pair of V12 Zagatos will join the Aston Martin booth at Frankfurt in September alongside the One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and Vantage S.