Aston Martin launches stunning Vanquish Zagato Volante at Pebble Beach

Article by Christian A., on September 7, 2016

Earlier this year, Aston Martin wowed the world with a stunning concept car – the Vanquish Zagato. The concept made its first appearance in May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. It is another one of Aston Martin’s collaboration projects with Zagato that is seen to be at par with the beauty that was the 1960 DB4 GT. It is distinctly Zagato but it comes with certain flourishes that make it even more remarkable.

The Vanquish Zagato comes with a trademark double-bubble roof and a very imposing front grille that adds to its unique Zagato styling. It also comes with quad exhausts that help us hear the roar of its 5.9-liter V12 engine better. The Vanquish Zagato can make up to 600 horsepower, making it 27 horsepower more awesome than the regular Vanquish. To make the car even more special, it comes with supportive leather seats embellished with a unique “Z” quilting pattern.

Not long after the British luxury car manufacturer introduced the hardtop Vanquish Zagato, the automaker has once again made an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with another showstopper. Aston Martin once again wowed the crowd with an even more stunning masterpiece, the Vanquish Zagato Volante – a convertible version of the hardtop Vanquish Zagato.

There are a lot of similarities between the two cars and one of them is the same 600 horsepower-making V12 engine. Aston Martin projects that the Vanquish Volante is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds off the regular hardtop version. Both come with the same exquisite design and proportions with the same bladed tail light design (an inspiration from the Vulcan supercar) and the performance aero pieces on the coupe such as its massive rear diffuser were also carried over to the convertible.

Moreover, to add a little oomph and branding on this special car, Aston Martin’s in-house customization service Q stitched over the “Z” insignia on the Vanquish Volante convertible’s doors and seats. The insignia is also embossed on the headrests and stitched on the center console.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, is proud of this new model and is confident that the Vanquish Zagato Volante will embody the British luxury car maker’s new century of innovation and creativity and will strengthen their partnership with big automotive marques in the process. The Vanquish Zagato Volante is another powerful addition to Aston Martin’s superb line of collaboration projects with Zagato. It embodies the same refinement and capabilities that is inherent in all Aston Martin models as well as the characteristic Zagato design.

As there has been an overwhelming interest for the coupe, it may be the reason why Aston Martin was driven to create its stunning convertible partner. Collectors may also be ecstatic to know that this will be strictly a limited edition model. Only 99 units will be sold, each produced at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in 2017 and the only question that’s left is how many of these elegant pieces will make its way to America and how powerful will they be. The hardtop version has been offered with a 600-horsepower tap except in the US where only 576 horsepower will be offered. Well for some it wouldn’t matter as its aesthetic beauty is enough to leave people slack jawed.

Press Release

ASTON MARTIN ANNOUNCES VANQUISH ZAGATO VOLANTE AT PEBBLE BEACH

To accompany the North American debut of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Aston Martin is proud to announce a striking partner for this very special car; the Vanquish Zagato Volante.

Driven by overwhelming customer interest for the previously revealed Coupe, the Vanquish Zagato Volante will be strictly built to a limited production run of 99 cars at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, England.

Vanquish Zagato Volante is the latest creation from a collaboration that reaches back over nearly six decades, beginning with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960 and includes the DB7 Vantage Zagato of 2002, 2011’s V12 Vantage Zagato and the most recent Vanquish Zagato Coupe announced earlier this year.

Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles have included the striking V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987 and the DB AR1 in 2003. Developed as an open-topped Zagato-bodied DB7 and also limited to 99 units, DB AR1 was similarly designed for the North American market and is considered today an established collectible by automotive connoisseurs worldwide.

The Vanquish Zagato Volante will be a powerful addition to the Aston Martin and Zagato lineage, embodying Aston Martin's inherent refinement and capabilities, as well as Zagato's characteristic design details. Both cars share an enhanced version of Aston Martin's iconic V12 powertrain, increasing its output to 592bhp with a projected 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.

The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares its proportions with the Coupe, a quintessential Aston Martin form with a classic Zagato twist, evoked by round tail light reflectors that use the same 'bladed' LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fibre sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.

“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasised the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasise the car’s sculpted rear haunches,” says Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.

Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Volante continues the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship. Aston Martin's specialist 'Q' division can add further personalisation and enhancement to a cabin finished with rich and highly luxurious materials, including herringbone carbon-fibre, anodized bronze detailing and the finest Bridge of Weir leather. The Volante features the unique signature ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch on both seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on the headrests and stitched into the centre console.

“The Vanquish Zagato Volante illustrates the ways in which Aston Martin design can evolve in collaboration with such a trusted and long-standing partner," says Reichman. “Vanquish Zagato Volante continues Aston Martin's new century of innovation and creativity, strengthening the association between these great automotive marques in the process."

Customer deliveries are set to begin in 2017.

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