It was first seen in its concept form in May 2011 when it entered and won the Concept Cars and Prototypes class of the prestigious Villa d’Este concours. That show winner, along with a second prototype, made the V12 Zagato’s racing debut at the grueling Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race in June 2011, which both cars completed. The decision was then made in July 2011 to build a limited run of V12 Zagatos for sale to the public, with only 150 cars being built. It would use materials, processes and technology pioneered on the Aston Martin One-77, with the body panels using either hand-formed aluminum or high-tech carbon fiber. Production is set to commence in the autumn of 2012, with first deliveries starting in the winter of 2012. The 150 cars will be priced at $520,000 (plus local taxes).
We’ve documented the V12 Zagato’s remarkable development here on the news pages at www.eurotuner.com, and now we can reveal the details of the production car.
The V12 Zagato will be the pinnacle of the Vantage range. It is also the latest expression of a collaboration that has given rise to a series of striking GT cars over the last half-century, the original and most iconic being the DB4GT Zagato – a car that provided the inspiration for the V12 Zagato on its 50th anniversary.
Initial design concepts for the V12 Zagato were explored in early 2010. Inspired by Zagato’s bold and individual styling signatures, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, and his Gaydon, UK-based design team relished the challenge of shaping the V12 Zagato, creating a car that pushes the boundaries of Aston Martin’s design language, yet pays tribute to the DB4GT Zagato.
Creating each V12 Zagato is a process that takes approximately 2000 man-hours to complete. Just like the One-77, the V12 Zagato’s hood, ‘double-bubble’ roof and doors are handcrafted aluminum, while the four fenders, door sills and trunk lid surround are made from carbon fiber.
The finished body is then painted in the same dedicated area as the One-77. Four unique colors have been created for the Zagato: Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue and Diavolo Red. The painting process alone takes some 100 hours to complete and is followed by the marriage of the body and the drivetrain within the production area.
From there the V12 Zagato is transferred to the standalone facility originally built to house One-77 production, where the build is completed.
All the exterior brightwork around the windows has a contemporary black finish to compliment the exposed carbon fiber components. Fitment of the handcrafted interior and upholstery is also completed in this dedicated build area.
Exposed carbon fiber elements can be seen on the front splitter, A-pillars, rear lamp pods, diffuser, door mirror caps and rear wing. Likewise, the new grille is formed in a unique three-dimensional composite mesh that echoes Zagato’s famous ‘Z’ moniker.
Inside, seven Bridge of Weir hides are used to trim the interior. Hand-stitched quilting creates a flowing pattern, while ‘Z’ embroidery in the headrests and rear shelf add a further flourish.
Satin-finish carbon fiber on the dashboard and center stack is complimented by piano black accents and satin black rotary switchgear. Carbon fiber sill plaques with ’V12 Zagato’ inlaid metal script provide a distinctive finishing touch.
The production specification V12 Zagato will be showcased at the Geneva Salon International in March 2012.