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.
V12 Zagato is hand assembled at the company’s international headquarters in Gaydon, England. It is founded on the highly praised V12 Vantage and showcases a wonderful hand-crafted aluminum and carbon fiber body with a bespoke interior.
Additionally, the V12 Zagato combines high technology and traditional craftsmanship, boasting the automaker's most dynamic bonded aluminum platform as well as the power of its renowned 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque and 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS).
The V12 Zagato was a huge success after its launch (in prototype form) during the 2011 Villa D’Este Concours in Lake Como, Italy. It was awarded the most coveted Design Award for its concept and prototype class.
No wonder that a week later, the V12 Zagato showed off its skills by making its racing debut in none other than the fearsome Nürburgring racetrack. This was done before two of its prototypes were released into the battlefield that was the Nürburgring 24 Hour race, both successful in maintaining the brand’s 100% Nürburgring finish record.
What inspired the creation of the contemporary V12 Zagato was Zagato and Aston Martin’s brainchild and one of their finest collaboration masterpieces, the DB4GT Zagato. Fifty years ago, Aston Martin wanted to decrease the DB4GT’s weight and in search of a lighter and high performing version, Aston Martin partnered with Zagato, a known expert in that field. The main designs of the DB4GT Zagato were drafted in just one week by a team of talented designers led by Managing Director Elio Zagato and Technical Director Gianni Zagato.
All of the original 19 units that have been built have all survived, oftentimes showcased in some of the world’s greatest car collections such as the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance.