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TMR Team | Aug, 17 2017 | 1 Comment

Aston Martin has once again turned to its iconic partnership with coachbuilding firm Zagato for a pair of new special edition cars unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

The two new Vanquish Zagato variants, the topless Speedster and wagon-esque Shooting Brake bring the family of Zagato editions to four, joining the existing Zagato Coupe and Zagato Volante convertible.

Production is set to very limited numbers, with 99 Shooting Brakes, and just 28 Speedsters to be built with production commencing in 2018.

Each is based on the Vanquish S, which is powered by a 447kW 6.0-litre naturally-aspirated V12 and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Both maintain hallmark Zagato styling cues with the roofless Speedster featuring an interpretation of Zagato’s famed double-bubble roof via the ‘speed humps’ that follow the form of the seats and flow into the high rear deck.

The Zagato Shooting Brake retains a two-seat interior, with an elongated glass roof which once-again employs the double-bubble motif. The larger cargo bay is accessed via a powered tailgate, and includes a handmade luggage set that is tailored to the trim of the cabin and the size of the boot.

Construction of the new Zagato editions’ unique panels is from carbon fibre with the interior set apart by herringbone carbon fibre dash inserts, anodized bronze controls and Z-shaped quilting in the leather seat trim.

Aston Martin and Zagato trace their collaborative relationship back over 60 years, with Zagato CEO, Andrea Zagato, reflecting on the first Zagato Aston, the DB4 GT that her grandfather helped bring to life.

“To have a creative ‘marriage‘ thrive for three generations is something as unique as the cars themselves.” She said. “My family name is associated with all kinds of wonderful designs, but for many enthusiasts and collectors around the world those that combine the Z of Zagato with the wings of Aston Martin are the most special.”

Aston Martin creative director, Marek Reichman sees the cars unveiled at Pebble Beach this week going on to become the Concours stars of future generations. “We want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars,” he said.

“With only 325 cars worldwide... they are still the rarest of the rare.”

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