Speedster, Shooting Brake join the Vanquish Zagato quartet
Aston Martin has completed its exclusive Vanquish Zagato lineup with the inclusion of the new Shooting Brake and Speedster variants, which will make its public debut at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Speedster and Shooting Brake represent the two extremes of the Vanquish Zagato family. The former is an uncompromising roofless design that expresses the raw excitement of an open-top ultra-high performance sports car.
The boldest aspect of the Speedster’s design are the Speed Humps that rise up to form streamlined cowls that flow back from the seats, representing Zagato’s signature ‘double-bubble’ roof.
Like the other cars in the Vanquish Zagato family, all the body panels are made from carbon fiber. Meanwhile, its shared details, such as the Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired ‘Blade’ tail lights and repeated 3D Zagato ‘Z’ motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes, create an unbroken stylistic thread that connects these otherwise individual creations.
The Shooting Brake is still a strict two-seater, but one conceived as an individual and exceptionally practical GT. The extended roof on the concept sketch bears the iconic Zagato ‘double-bubble’ surfacing complete with glass inlays to let light flood into the cockpit.
The sculptural roof culminates in a powered tailgate that opens onto a luxuriously trimmed rear cabin area, complete with a tailored luggage set. With dramatic herringbone carbon fiber facia with anodized bronze rotary controls, extensive ‘Z’ motif quilting and the option of a fully aniline leather upholstery, the Shooting Brake is a fitting complement to the Coupe, Volante and Speedster.
Each member of the Zagato family has the combination of a 600PS naturally-aspirated V12 engine, mated to the smooth, slick-shifting Touchtronic III transmission. When matched with adaptive damping, the Vanquish Zagato family promises exceptional driving pleasure.
Aston Martin’s family of four Vanquish Zagato models will only yield a total of 325 cars – 28 cars for Vanquish Zagato Speedster, and 99 units of Zagato Shooting Brake that will enter its production in 2018.