The Aston Martin and Zagato partnership runs deep. The two companies have been building extraordinary vehicles since the early 1950s. But the pair's latest project could be among their best as Aston Martin dished out more detailed renderings of its upcoming DBS GT Zagato and classic DB4 GT Zagato continuation. Both models poised for production in just a few months.
These new renderings are an upgrade over what the company released in March. Here, we can see the Superleggera-based DBS GT Zagato borrows the same general shape as its production sibling, but now with a more prominent grille to make way for Aston's massive twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 engine. Assuming the same power setup carries over, the DBS GT Zagato could have 715 bhp and 663 pound-feet of torque on tap. Additional upgrades in slimmer headlights, a more defined hood line, and gold-tinged 20-spoke wheels.
"This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too," Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin Lagonda says. "Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it's resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action."
A DB4 GT Zagato continuation model will join DBS GT Zagato production, both available in 2020. The former comes replete with a classic look, a straight-six engine producing 380 bhp, a four-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential, and power at the rear wheels.
"It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato," Reichman notes, "and I feel that we have achieved that with this model and I can't wait to see it in the metal."
Both of these beauties will go on sale next year – but they'll be limited. Aston Martin promises just 19 examples worldwide at a cost of about £6 million for the pair.
Gallery: Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato / DB4 GT Zagato Continuation
Aston Martin has delivered a further glimpse of the final production intent exterior of its upcoming DBS GT Zagato model. Paired with the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation to complete the DBZ Centenary Collection – of which only 19 will be created and are priced at £6m for the pair – these latest renders provide a fresh look at some of the model’s key design features.
Taking Aston Martin’s most potent series production car - the acclaimed DBS Superleggera - as its starting point, the DBS GT Zagato embodies the next evolution in Aston Martin Zagato design language. Inspired by the voluptuous shapes that previously dressed the original DB4 GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagatos designers have worked hard to conjure a similarly evocative design language.
An unequivocal statement of luxury, exclusivity and purity, DBS GT Zagato delivers a commanding presence whether parked or in motion. At the car’s front, a newly created and unique “dynamic” grille allows the car’s frontal area to transform its appearance. When stationary, each of the 108-individual diamond-shaped carbon fibre pieces remain flush with the car’s beautiful formed exterior. However, upon start-up DBS GT Zagato will appear to flutter into life, as each piece opens to allow the car’s twin-turbo V12 to breathe.
Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda said, “This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too. Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it’s resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers”.
While the front end will be intricately finished, Aston Martin’s design studio have utilised a camera-operated rear view central mirror, to accommodate the previously shown full length carbon fibre roof. Today’s images showcase the final design for this large, single piece of carbon fibre covering where the rear windscreen would typically be placed. Instead, DBS GT Zagato is treated to a pure and simple roofline without any compromises on practicality to the driver.
Reichman adds, “Form and function are constantly in battle with one another, but this is a great example of where we have been able to utilise modern technologies to ensure no concession has been made on either side. It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato and I feel that we have achieved that with this model and I can’t wait to see it in the metal”.
DBS GT Zagato is set for production in 2020, joining each of the 19 DB4 GT Zagato cars set to be created at Aston Martin Works this year.