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Aston Martin V12 Zagato in Production

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning a car from the infamous “Bond”brand?  Model after model of 007’s favorite set of wheels has excited automotive aficionados for decades, and the British automaker’s latest to hit the assembly line is no exception.  The V12 Zagato concept car, which debuted at Lake Como’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May and then picked up 4th place overall at Nurburgring’s 24-hour endurance race in June, was born from a collaboration between Aston Martin and Milan’s Zagato design house (long-time followers of either brand may remember a previous teaming on the 1960s Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato).  But what will their newly rekindled relationship offer to lovers of the long and winding road?  A lot.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato:
Aston Martin V12 Zagato


Aston Martin V12 Zagato


The body style will be familiar to anyone who has longingly gazed at an Aston Martin creation recently.  The feline curvature, the low-slung, predatory countenance, the tapered tail, and the overall sleek physique speak volumes about how this car interacts with the road.  You can tell just from looking at it that it hugs tight turns and practically kisses the asphalt at high speeds.  And the double-bubble roof is in keeping with Zagato’s signature design style (while the prominent, rounded taillights may remind you more of a Ferrari).  Buyer’s won’t even want to breathe on the exterior of this car; that’s how perfectly gorgeous it is.

Of course, there’s more to this fine piece of machinery than meets the eye.  The lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber body (hand-built by Zagato) cuts the poundage significantly, although the 6.0-liter V12 under the hood more than makes up for it.  And drivers can expect to squeeze just over 500 horsepower and about 420 foot-pounds of torque out of this monster of an engine (which is based on the V12 Vantage).  And Aston Martin has announced that the 6-speed manual transmission will be available in both left-hand and right-hand drive to please an international market.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato


Aston Martin V12 Zagato


Aston Martin V12 Zagato


There are few details yet on the interior, as the concept race car features the minimalistic hull common to the breed, with not much more than a racing seat and a full roll cage to tempt a driver inside.  But anyone who has nestled themselves in the confines of one of Aston Martin’s other models can almost certainly bank on all the bells and whistles that they’ve come to expect from this luxury-sports line of automobiles.

And now for something completely different.  The V12 Zagato will soon go into production in Warwickshire, UK at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.  Due to an “overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers”, the car is predicted to hit the market as early as next year.  Consumers can expect to face a price tag that comes in around $540,000, but for that sum they will have the privilege of owning one of only 150 of these vehicles currently slated for production.

Aston Martin predicts that despite their long history of automotive excellence (98 years, to be precise), this creation will end up being one of their most coveted models.  And with all the specs to look at, plus a prestigious showing right out of the gate, they could just be right.

Sarah Danielson writes for Buy a Toyota where you can find great deals on a Toyota Prius and a range of Toyota discounts in your area.

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