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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake shows new angles in fresh images

Aston Martin has finally released some new images of its Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. We have to say that it’s one fine vehicle and it’s difficult to tear our eyes away from it. Why you ask? Well, the two-door wagon with double bubble roof is perhaps the most impressive derivative from the entire Vanquish- Zagato collection which consists of the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, the Vanquish Zagato Volante and the Vanquish Zagato Coupe.

The foursome in fact will only be limited to a total of 325 examples, leaving the Shooting Brake as the most practical choice among all of them. With only 99 examples slated for production, the limited-edition Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake will surely be a rare sight to behold. However, it won’t be as uncommon as the Speedster with only 28 units. That leaves the Coupe and Volante models with 99 examples each.

Like the rest of its siblings, the Shooting Brake will be based on the Vanquish S that packs a 580hp naturally aspirated V12 powertrain, a fine-tuned adaptive suspension and a host of carbonfiber components for the body panels. In order to maintain its famous shape with elongated roofline that flows seamlessly down to the windshield, the grand tourer is only a two-seater, two-door variant. Nevertheless, the Shooting Brake comes equipped with an electrically operated tailgate with spacious rear compartment with even a luggage set to match. Its basic features already include the latest underpinnings from the Vanquish S such as the improved hydraulic steering, thicker anti roll bars, revised dampers as well as the Vanquish S’ retuned spring rates.

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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato gets two more variants: speedster and shooting brake

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato makes its debut with a total of four variations including the Speedster and the Shooting Brake trims. As part of the limited edition model, the company will only produce 28 units of the Speedster and 99 examples of the Shooting Brake, alongside the 99 Coupes and another 99 examples of the Volante.

By looking at the Speedster, it seems more aggressive than the Volante with the nacelle found behind the seats. A lot of the body panels are made of carbon fiber to keep the weight down. The nacelle might remind you of Zagato's double-bubble roof that had been twisted. Sadly, all these are very limited, and it is too late if you still plan to get one as they have all been sold out already, and deliveries will begin in 2018. Don't you think that Aston Martin should have built more examples considering the fact that they have already mastered automotive styling?

There are not a lot of photos and details regarding the Shooting Brake variant, but this one tells us that it has an extended roof that goes all the way to the tail. Supposedly, it features double-bubble contour and glass inlays that naturally let the light in the cockpit. On the inside, it will be given a bronze finish on the interior controls and on the upholstery. The two-seater also gets a tailored luggage set mounted at the back, but owners can have access to it from the tailgate. The Shooting Brake will only be hitting the production line in 2018.

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Top 5 limited edition supercars of 2016

The arrival of limited edition cars is always something to look out for. However, the launch of limited edition super cars is even more exciting. In fact, from the time they are released, they become instant superstars.

Also, these limited edition super cars become instant classics, immediately creating a premium once they are received by their owners. Since they produced in limited numbers, it is usually hard to get a new super car. If one is not lucky enough to buy a new limited edition super car, he or she may have to get them for the used car market.

Here are five limited edition super cars – announced or released this 2016 – that immediately gained classic status and are already fetching a high premium over their original prices.

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Aston Martin to build and sell 99 examples of Vanquish Zagato Coupe Limited Edition

Aston Martin has unveiled a limited edition car that marks its long-standing collaboration with Zagato design house of Italy. Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Coupe was an offshoot of the Vanquish Zagato Concept shown at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy in May 2016. Due to incessant customer demand, Aston Martin decided to produce, albeit in a limited manner, just 99 examples of the car at its facility in Gaydon, England.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato marks the fifth fruit of the Aston-Martin-Zagato partnership that commenced with the elegantly muscular DB4 GT Zagato racing car of 1960. Nearly three decades later, the partners launched another vehicle, the V8 Vantage Zagato in 1986. It was followed by the 2002 DB7 Vantage Zagato and the V12 Vantage Zagato unveiled in 2011. All of these cars are a fusion between Zagato's signature design language born from years of experience in creating luxury sports cars, and Aston Martin's dynamic capabilities and material attributes.

The latest product of this partnership, the Vanquish Zagato does not only reveal Aston Martin's bespoke luxury but also its superb sporting ability. The core of this beastly beauty is Aston Martin's uprated 6.0L V12 powertrain that offers 600PS, allowing the Vanquish Zagato to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. This monstrous performance is complemented by a distinct suspension setup designed to deliver a GT experience exclusive to the Vanquish Zagato model.

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Aston Martin and Zagato have a long-standing collaboration and the Italian coachbuilder created sever masterpieces such as the V12 Zagato, DBS Coupe or the DBS Spyder Centennial models. And yet, Zagato amazed us today with their new Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake, unveiled at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d’Elegance.

Following the debut of the Gallardo-based 5-95 Zagato at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the new bespoke Aston Martin pays homage to Zagato’s coachbuilding tradition and completes the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy, started in 2013 with the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spider Zagato Centenial.

There are no details about the engine that powers the new shooting brake based on the Aston Martin Virage, but we do know that the standard Virage is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine that generates 497 hp (356 KW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.

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Back in May at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Lamborghini and Zagato joined their forces and unveiled the 5-95. Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4, the 5-95 Zagato features a jaw-dropping design inspired by another original model, the Raptor Zagato.

The first 5-95 Zagato featured an orange matte paint finish, while the second features a more traditional colour for the Gallardo, a special yellow with a pearl effect.

Moreover, the vehicle gets the well-known double-bubble roof, just like any other vehicle done by Zagato, complemented by the new air scoop. The rear end features new LED taillights as well as a stylish bumper with integrated exhaust system.

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Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato project is derived from an official partnership between Automobili Lamborghini and Zagato that aims to create a real contemporary collectible car.

Considered as the first Zagato-bodied Lamborghini, the 3500 GTZ was a "fuoriserie" derived from the 350 GT mechanics, as commissioned by Marquis Gerino Gerini in 1965. Around half a century later, one of the renowned Lamborghini collectors in the world -- Albert Spiess -- commissioned Zagato to transform the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 into a modern collectible car: the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.

Spiess is known for owning an extraordinary collection of vehicles like a number of one-off vehicles and Lamborghini’s first cars. Spiess also owns a number of Zagato collectibles like the Aston Martin V8 Zagato (1985), Alfa Romeo S.Z. (1990) and R.Z. (1993) and V12 Zagato (2012). Just as Zagato is celebrating its 95th anniversary, Spiess commissioned to convert the Gallardo LP570-4 – considered as Lamborghini’s best-selling car in its first 50 years – into a modern collectible car called as the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato.

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As you may know already, Aston Martin is celebrating its centenary this year and the British auto manufacturer revealed the Vanquish Centenary Edition back in January. Still, this is not all, as Zagato is also preparing two new models in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the British carmaker. Moreover, Zagato also celebrates over 50 years of partnership with Aston Martin.

Zagato will be building two models, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial. The bad news is that the two cars are already sold: the convertible model went to American car collector Peter Read, known for its passion for Aston Martin cars, while the coupe went to a young entrepreneur based in Japan.

Both cars draw inspiration from the 2002 Aston martin DB7 Zagato, but looking at the photos we can say that the vehicles are quite impressive.

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At the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance field on March 10, the last of just 9 custom built ALFA Romeo Stradale TZ3s will make its debut. The event takes place at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. This automobile is regarded as the Italian sports car with "the heart of a Viper and the soul of an ALFA." Only nine Stradale TZ3s were built to commemorate the centenary of Carrozzeria Zagato in 2010.

The Azzurro California hued example that’s scheduled to debut at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is the last car in the special series. The Stradale TZ3 was assembled by Carrozzeria Zagato as an exercise in design. It uses the very old traditional ALFA-Romeo badge of the serpent as well as the wreath from the 1925 world grand prix championship.

The new Zagato TZ3 Stradale may have an elegant and luxurious bodywork built form carbonfiber but it’s highly powerful and features the 8.3 liter 600 hp V-10 of the new SRT Viper. Bill Warner, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Amelia Island Concours, described the Zagato Stradale TZ3 as a “gorgeous car” and that they are pleased that it made its debut at the Amelia.

Read the entire article Final Alfa Romeo Zagato Stradale TZ3 will debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The BMW Zagato Roadster has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It builds on the already well-known connection these companies made with the Zagato Coupe. It took only six weeks for the BMW Zagato Roadster to be created from its sketches into being a working concept.

Zagato chief designer Norihiko Harada said that this car is meant to be regarded an elegant convertible, but then it also is a masculine and extremely dynamic sports car that brings to mind a potent driving experience. The BMW heritage is maintained with the appearance of the low front-end kidney grilles but Zagato has remolded the body panels to have an appearance that’s powerful.

The grating is composed of several small “Z” metal letters within the grille. The front end is already contoured but its styling is enhanced with the new air intakes in the hood. The front end gets a premium appearance from an LED light strip set into the matte surface above the headlights.

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If you were hoping to get one of the 150 units of the wild Aston Martin V12 Zagato supercar that would be produced, better make sure to grab one quickly since only 101 cars would be built. The V12 Zagato has a price tag of £330,000 ($464,850).

According to a GTSpirit report, Aston Martin will make fewer copies of the road-going variant of this racecar but not because of a drop in demand. Aston Martin representative Matt Clarke said that what was announced previously was that ‘up to 150 cars’ could be built. Anyone with taste and with a ton of money will want to buy a V12 Zagato.

The V12-Vantage-based coupe features a 6.0-liter V-12, which can deliver 510 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Italian design house Zagato built the body. The vehicle was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato. It will carry all the talents that it had shown at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race.

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If you are a true Fiat 500 fan you sure do remember the 500 Coupe by Zagato, unveiled back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was inspired by its predecessor, which was built in the ‘50s, and featured the well-known Zagato double hump signature (an unique shape of the roof). The rest of the car keeps the same dimensions: 355 centimetres long, 163 cm wide and 149 cm high, with a 230 centimetre wheelbase.

In the concept form, the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato was powered by a TwinAir engine delivering 105 hp and 155 Nm at 2,500 rpm and 95 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Moreover, we find custom front and rear bumpers, new side sills as well as a new set of wheels. If you really like the car you should know that Sergio Marchionne recently confirmed that the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato will hit the dealerships next year!

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Earlier today, 4WheelsNews team revealed that Bmw teamed up with Zagato in order to create a special car. The exclusive information transformed tonight into an awesome car… ladies and gentlemen, this is the Bmw Zagato Coupe. The new car made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

For those who don’t know, this is not the first partnership for Bmw and Zagato as the Italian coachbuilder created back in 1939 a coupe based on the Bmw 328 specifically for the Mille Miglia, where it triumphed in 1940. Back in 1954, Bmw bought from Renzo Rivolta, founder of ISO, drawings, license and tooling necessary for the production of the legendary Isetta.

Sixty years later, Bmw returned in order to re-establish a connection with the Rivolta Family. As a matter of fact Marella Rivolta, wife of Andrea Zagato, is Zagato Art Director and responsible of BMW Coupé Zagato trim and colours. The hands of Italian designers were also responsible for the eye-catching looks of the BMW 3200 Michelotti Vignale (1959), BMW 700 (1959), BMW 3200 CS Bertone (1962) and BMW M1 (1978) – all of which retain the status of design icons to this day.

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The new AC 378 GT Zagato has recently been launched with deliveries set to start sometime in the middle of 2012. The Anglo-Italian AC brand has been around for around 111 years. The new AC 378 GT Zagato would be its latest in its long list of collaborations with the very finest British car manufacturers during the 93 years history of the Milanese Atelier.

Aside from the AC, there are also Aston Martin, Bentley, Bristol, Jaguar, MG, Rolls-Royce and Rover. AC and Zagato first collaborated in 1957, resulting to the AC Ace Bristol Zagato one-off, a pure racing GT Berlinetta that’s now known as an instant classic in the AC model portfolio.

It had the usual Zagato double-bubble roof and was powered by a 2 litre inline-6 engine. This in-demand car will return to Pebble Beach 2012 for a special event on AC Cars. At this momentous association, the AC 378 GT Zagato and the AC Ace Bristol Zagato will be presented. The AC 378 Zagato's manufacturing facility is based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, which is where 10 AC 378 GT Zagato pre-production units were completed after a two-year period of testing.

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Aston Martin has unveiled the first images of the new V12 Zagato (road car), which is set to start production later this year. The final design has been signed off and its engineering development work has been rapidly progressing. The V12 Zagato is found at the top of the Vantage range. It’s also the newest expression of a thriving creative partnership that has led to a succession of amazing GT cars during the past half-century – of which, the most iconic is the DB4GT Zagato.

This masterpiece rank is the most striking, collectable and priceless cars in history. Its 50th anniversary offered the inspiration for the V12 Zagato. The V12 Zagato commemorates a grand Aston Martin of the past but isn’t just a mere copy of the original. This project is expected to be the right moment to bring Aston Martin’s culture of technology and tradition to a different level.

The V12 Zagato offers the novel ideas, materials, processes and technology that were first used on One-77. But at the same, is staying true to the purity and craftsmanship of its famous predecessor.

Read the entire article 2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Aston Martin unveils the production version of the V12 Zagato

Aston Martin will launch the first production V12 Zagato at the Kuwait Concours d’ Elegance, which is set to take place on February 15-18. In its third successive year, the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance is the only event in the Middle East of its type. It hosts some of the finest automotive art from more than 19 countries. The event has been the earliest of its type in what is considered by automobile enthusiasts as "the season.”

At the core of this important and established market for Aston Martin, the 2012 Kuwait Concours d’Elegance is supported by Premier International Motors Group, which is the automaker's dealer partner in Kuwait. The production of the V12 Zagato is only limited to 150 units.

The vehicle is due for first customer deliveries during the later part of this year. The V12 Zagato carries on the partnership between Zagato and Aston Martin that began more than 50 years ago with the DB4 GT Zagato.

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There have been many reports about Aston Martin’s V12 Zagato but it will actually only make its first major show appearance this September at the 64th IAA International Show at Frankfurt. The V12 limited production car is expected to stand out among the biggest lineup of contemporary Aston Martins ever put on a Motor Show. Next month, two hand-crafted vehicles that made the rounds at the Nurburgring 24 hour race will be showcased. The two V12 Zagatos are named ‘Zig’ and ‘Zag’.

The car that’s referred to as ‘Zig’ has a unique green livery and has full endurance race car specs as featured at the Nurburgring.

It comes with a full aerodynamic package that consists of a front splitter, dive planes, large rear diffuser and spoiler. Meanwhile, ‘Zag’ was first seen at the Villa D’Este before it was converted into the same full racing specification as the sister car. After the 24 hour race, the ‘Zag’ was shifted back to its original show car state.

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The latest project from Scagliarini Motorsports is dubbed the Scagliarini 504 Coupe Zagato Elaborata, a project that has got design company Zagato fuming mad. A few days ago, Scagliarini Motorsports said that a customer from the UAE has asked it to build its take on the FIAT 500 Coupe Zagato.

Zagato now denies that it is involved in the project in any way and that it intends to undertake several legal actions to protect its individual property.

Zagato’s Communication Manager Alvise-Marco Seno released a statement, saying that Zagato doesn’t have an official relationship with Scagliarini.

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Scagliarini Motorsports is working on its version of the FIAT 500 Coupè Zagato. The leading Abarth and FIAT 500 performance car firm in North America has committed to giving its take on the 500 Coupe by Zagato to the buyer who is believed to be a resident of the United Arab Emirates.

Scagliarini Motorsports Managing Director Michael Salvarani said that he conceptualized the idea for the Scagliarini 500 Coupè Zagato Elaborata as he was riding on his bicycle one Saturday.

Salvarani said that he discussed the scheme with a client who immediately liked it and asked when the delivery could be scheduled. Salvarani said that after 60 hours of planning, the company created something that was “steps ahead of anything imagined.” He shared that they filled the rear windows of the FIAT 500 Coupe Zagato.

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Before the 24-hour race at Nurburgring starts at the end of this month, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato endurance race car concept will be seen on its track this weekend for its final preparations. On Saturday, two units of the V12 Zagato endurance race car which got the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes will compete in the four-hour 51st ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen VLN5 race. This endurance car had debuted last month at the Villa D’Este Concours.

What’s expected to happen this weekend is that the race setup will be refined and drivers will be allowed to familiarize with the new cars on the 25.378km circuit.

David King, Aston Martin’s Head of Motorsport, said that when it comes to its other vehicles, the V12 Vantage had been unlucky to figure in an incident on the first lap but it was able to get to the pits where it was repaired and then was able to return to the race.

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