The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept will be presented at the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este

Car enthusiasts all over the world wait the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este with a lot of anxiety. Some of the best looking production cars and concepts get presented there every year. And this will certainly be the case with the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept, jointly created by the famous Italian studio, led by Andrea Zagato, and the Aston Martin design team, led by Marek Reichman.

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The new concept is obviously based on the Vanquish. So it is 4.69 m long, 1.91 m wide, 1.29 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.74 m. This 2+2 coupé is powered by a front 6.0 V12 engine that normally produces 424 kW at 6,650 rpm and 630 Nm at 5,500 rpm. But the Vanquish Zagato Concept has received an engine upgrade to generate 441 kW. Its driving dynamics have also been enhanced, but Zagato does not details the changes that have been made on suspension and brakes, for example.

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Apart from that and from the full carbon fiber body, most of the other changes in the Vanquish Zagato Concept relate to the studio’s specialty: design. So this Vanquish has the characteristic “double-bubble” roof and round tail lights, typical of Zagato styled cars.

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The back of the car is probably the one in which most people will notice changes. The car’s quad-exhaust pipes are neatly integrated to a pronounced black carbon fiber structure that seems to come from the front of the car, right from the front splitter. The black under part of the body gives the Zagato Concept a thinner look and a more muscular appearance to the rear wheels, which push the Vanquish ahead.

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There are styling cues that talk with past models of Aston Martin, such as the side rear-view mirrors, similar to the ones used by the One-77. The side strake that runs from the front wheel arches into the doors reminds us of the CC-100 and is also present on the DB11. Pay close attention to the glasshouse: it wraps around the car like a helmet visor. And it looks strikingly good.

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In the interior, the seats feature the Z from Zagato in the head restraints and in the upper sides of the front seats. Although we cannot see it in these pictures, the Z is also on the center console and in the door sections. Another plus in the interior of the car are herringbone carbon fiber itens paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather details applied to the facia, vents and rotary dials.

We bet this Vanquish Zagato Concept will have a lot of passionate rich car enthusiasts asking Aston Martin and Zagato for a unit, so expect a small and exclusive production run for it. A beautiful car like this deserves to hit the streets and roads, even if only in the hands of a few selected ones.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.