Aston Martin and Zagato is celebrating its 50th anniversary partnership as been an iconic British sports car maker and Italian coach builder with a brand new Aston Martin V12 Zagato supercar.
In 1961, Aston Martin and Zagato joined up to build the DB4GT Zagato, and now in 2011, the two companies is building the Aston Martin V12 Zagato to strengthening its collaboration. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will make its first appearance at the Villa D’Este Concorsod’Eleganza in Italy on May 21, and it will compete at the Nurburgring 24 Hour on June 25-26.
Much of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato’s design is based on the 1961 DB4GT Zagato, V8 Vantage Zagato and DB7 Zagato that combined elegance and brute force power. The hand-crafted aluminum body along with rakish windshield and large front air intake provide optimum aerodynamic for high-speed performance. Noticeably, the signature Zagoto bubble roof with large air vents in the front fenders and the sweptback rear end provide a unique look to the Aston Martin V12 Zagato.
“The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style,” said Aston Martin director of design Marek Reichmann. “The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato,” he added.
Impressively is the V12 engine that will be used in this super race car. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato includes a 6.0-liter V12 engine that is found on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage. The engine produces 517 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, which enables the Aston Martin V12 Zagato to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4 seconds.
Although Aston Martin will build two Aston Martin V12 Zagato race cars for the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race, the good news is that it will build a road version as well.