Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept makes stunning world debut at Villa d'Este

Article by Christian A., on May 23, 2016

Aston Martin together with their longtime Italian partner for design Zagato are proclaiming their fifth and latest collaborative exhibition vehicle, the Vanquish Zagato Concept, which was ceremonially launched on May 21-22 2016 at the illustrious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Lake Como, Italy.

The British automotive and Italian design companies have worked together on previous cars over a period of more than 50 years. The Vanquish Zagato Concept continues this combination of Aston Martin's heralded performance car engineering and technology with Zagato's standout aesthetic philosophy.

All of their previous cars, beginning with the legendary 1960 DB4 GT Zagato on to the 2011 V12 Vantage Zagato, have prominently featured the markers of Aston Martin’s evolution in design, and paired these with Zagato’s signature motorsport-inspired style ethos. It is no wonder that their four past collaborative efforts were all characterized as having unique, progressive and pioneering designs.

Appropriately, this brazenly styled concept car is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 uprated to 600 PS engine and is fully equipped for supreme drivability.

Exterior Design

The designing process of the Vanquish Zagato Concept required proper and close coordination between the design teams of both companies in Milan. The Aston Martin side was headed by Marek Reichman and Andrea Zagato had his design experts with him.

The technical and engineering development aspect took place in Aston Martin’s Gaydon, England main quarters. The resulting concept car’s dimensions and shape are unmistakably Aston Martin with the recognisable sportive and assertive stance. Carbon fibre is used for the whole body. Large single-piece panels were used, resulting in fewer split lines. The rear lights have the same “bladed” LED system as in the Aston Martin Vulcan track racing car. Being circular in shape, the rear lights contribute to the back’s classic Zagato look.

Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said that their company’s design philosophy has evolved to keep them at the forefront of automotive development by pushing the envelope with their special lines like the One-77, Vulcan and CC-100. He added that “the Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design.”

For their part, Zagato’s CEO Andrea Zagato states that they take pride in participating in this collaboration for developing Vanquish Zagato Concept, noting that it was “a true shared experience,” as well as an authentic marker of “the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years.”

The Vanquish Zagato Concept borrows and updates certain details from other cars within the Aston Martin stable. In particular, the wing mirrors are reminiscent of those on the One-77, and the form of the car’s rear adapts the sleek and sculptured DB11 tail end with a similar luggage compartment access hatch and retracting spoiler. Sills below the rear bumper area house the quad-exhausts and a prominent line is formed from front to back on the lower body.

The windshield and door windows seem to be made of one piece, creating an illusion of a visor for the upper part of the car. The wheel arch-to-door side strake is updated from the classic one seen originally on the CC-100 Aston Martin centennial car, as well as on the DB11. The rear wheel arch is housed by the moulded rear flanks which are delineated from the body and are sloping roofline.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept’s roof has the trademark 'double-bubble' surface shape moulds onto the rear window and creates the characteristic roofline shape seen from the rear. This has been part of the Zagato style going back to the early 1950s, when it actually served a practical purpose for accommodating racing helmets without compromising the car’s streamlined shape.

Interior Design

The exemplary craftsmanship seen in this concept car’s interior is consistent with Aston Martin’s long tradition of detailed furnishing excellence.

Elegant materials including aniline leather, herringbone carbon fibre and shadow and anodized bronze are used on the rotary dials, vents and facia.

A ‘Z’ (for Zagato) trademark pattern stitch also adorns the seat upholstery and doors. The same Z lettering is also sewn on the centre console and embossed on the headrests.

Press Release


Aston Martin and Italian design-house Zagato are proud to announce the Vanquish Zagato Concept, the latest creation from their long-standing partnership. The Vanquish Zagato Concept will make its global debut at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, held at Lake Como in Italy from 21 – 22 May 2016

The Vanquish Zagato Concept is the fifth car to emerge from a collaboration that stretches back over five decades, pairing Aston Martin's acclaimed sporting, dynamic and material qualities with Zagato's signature design language.

From the iconic DB4 GT Zagato of 1960 through to the V12 Vantage Zagato of 2011, every collaboration has accentuated key aspects of Aston Martin's design journey and brought them together with Zagato's own race-inspired design language. The result is a group of four sports cars that represent some of Aston Martin's most avant-garde expressions.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept was designed in close colaboration between the Aston Martin Design team led by Marek Reichman and Andrea Zagato and his dedicated design team in Milan. Developed and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England the concept features proportions that remain quintessentially Aston Martin and emphasises a dynamic, forward-looking stance. The new bodywork is entirely shaped from carbon fibre, with the split lines on the body reduced by the use of large one-piece panels. New lights include round tail light reflectors that evoke the classic rear view of a Zagato design, incorporating the same 'bladed' LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar.

Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said 'Over the years, we have developed and refined our own design language and we have always gone that little bit further with our special series cars like CC-100, One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan. The Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design.'

'We pride ourselves on our strong partnership and the creation of the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience,' says Zagato's CEO, Andrea Zagato, 'it represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years.'

Referencing elements of the brand’s contemporary design language, Vanquish Zagato Concept features One-77 inspired wing mirrors and a sculptural rear end similar to DB11's aerodynamic profile, complete with retractable spoiler and rear hatch for access to the luggage compartment. A quad-exhaust nestles in the rippling carbon fibre sills that run around the lower body, creating a pronounced line from front to rear.

The Vanquish Zagato Concept’s glasshouse wraps around the bodywork like a visor, enhancing its aggressive stance. A new evolution of the classic side strake runs from wheel arch to door just like the new DB11 and a detail originally showcased on the celebratory CC-100. A sharp crease on the rear wheel arch transforms into the rear flanks, where it meets the cascading roofline.

The roof features the iconic 'double-bubble', its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car an unmistakeable rear silhouette. A Zagato trademark since the early 1950s, originally arose from the need to accommodate racing helmets with a minimum impact on the aerodynamic profile. To match the bold new exterior, the concepts normally aspirated V12 engine has been uprated to 600 PS, along with enhanced driving dynamics.

Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Concept embodies the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship, replete with many singular touches. Herringbone carbon fibre is paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather to give the facia, vents and rotary dials a rich material quality. The Vanquish Zagato Concept is also defined by the unique ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on headrests and stitched into the centre console.

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