What happens when you combine British elegance and Italian flare and wrap it in one automotive package? Well, as it turns out, you get the most exciting model lineup in history: the Aston Martin Zagato family.
We’re no strangers to Zagato. The Italian coachbuilder has teamed up with Aston Martin on several different occasions, pumping out incredible models each and every time. This time it’s no exception.
Just when I thought this week couldn’t get any better, following the BMW Z4 teaser, Aston Martin decided to launch not one, but two new models. Based on the Vanquish, the Zagato Speedster and Shooting Brake join the already-existing Zagato Coupe and Volante.
For most people, the iconic silhouette and shape of the Speedster are at the top of the list. Think of the Speedster as a Volante with a bit more flare and style. The two canopy-like hunches behind the seats really do change the entire appearance of the car, and that back end isn’t half bad either.
Just like the Volante, the Speedster is made out of lightweight carbon fiber panels. Unlike the Volante, however, it will only be produced in 28 examples. If you have your eyes set on a Speedster, chances are it’s already sold out.
Zagato Shooting Brake
If I had the choice though, I’d go for the Shooting Brake every single time. Why? Because it’s the oddball of the bunch, and there’s something so indescribably unique and cool about a “wagon” Vanquish.
Like the Roadster, it too is a two-seater, so it’s clearly not built for practicality in mind. Underneath, it situates the same Vanquish S drivetrain, i.e. 592 horsepower and a Touchtronic II transmission. Naturally, the suspension settings have been changed so that the adaptive dampers suit every Zagato’s individual weight and balance.
Because it’s carbon fiber you won’t really notice a difference in rigidity between it and the Speedster, but an Aerowagen-like Zagato is that much better in my opinion. It looks fast even sitting still, and that’s something that not a lot of cars can accomplish.
Exactly 99 examples of the Shooting Brake will be built, making it a lot more ‘accessible’ to potential customers. Aston can’t confirm that it’s been sold out, so there are a couple of examples left up for grabs probably. Plus, it’s a bargain compared to the $600,000+ Speedster. It’s never too late to start saving up I suppose.