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Aston Martin’s Vanquish Zagato cars are ‘the rarest of the rare’

Written by: Neil

In August 2016, Aston Martin revealed the first pictures of the very special-looking Vanquish Zagato Volante – a stunning V12-powered drop-top to complement the existing Coupe model.  

Twelve months later, the prestigious brand has returned to the car to offer another two bodystyles: a roofless Speedster and extended Shooting Brake.

These would be exclusive and exceptional cars in any circumstance but even more so with production capped to just 99 for the Shooting Brake and 28 for the Speedster. Similarly, the Coupe and Volante were limited to 99 units each too.

Unfortunately, even if you have the £500k to purchase one, you can’t; they’ve all been spoken for already and chances of one popping up in the classifieds seem slim to non-existent.

Regardless of bodytype, each of the 325 Vanquish Zagato models comes with a six-litre V12 engine, enhanced to produce 592bhp and hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds.

Aston describes the Speedster as “an uncompromising roofless design that expresses the raw excitement of an open-top ultra-high performance sports car”, while the two-seater Shooting Brake has been conceived as “an individual and exceptionally practical GT”.

The cars mark the first time that Zagato models have been released as a family. Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, explained why.

“Many of our customers want different things,” he said. “Some prefer the purity of a Coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster.

“Some of them have ordered one example of each. There’s always an over-demand [and] we could easily fulfill demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars – they are still the rarest of the rare.”

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Aston Martin is already one of the most prestigious car brands in the world and these Zagato cars represent a super exclusive segment of the marque.”

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