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Aston Martin to produce 150 Zagato V12s at US$530,000 each

Aston Martin to produce 150 Za...
Aston Martin's V12 Zagato
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Aston Martin's new V12 Zagato had quite a spectacular and busy few weeks following its first public showing on May 21 on the shores of Lake Como (Italy) at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este where it won the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class.

A week later, two identical prototypes finished fifth and sixth in their class at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race, verifying that the gorgeous handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre machines were indeed capable of holding their own in any company.

Aston Martin's V12 Zagato
Aston Martin's V12 Zagato

So began a period of what Aston Martin termed "overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers" which has finally resulted in a commitment to a limited production run of 150 examples of the Zagato.

Prices will begin at GBP330,000 (US$530,000) for the 510 bhp Vantage-based V12 and orders are now being taken. Production is expected to commence during the British summer of 2012 at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility in Warwickshire. First deliveries are expected in the second half of 2012.

The shape of the Zagato's handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body would not be possible using pre-formed panel techniques. Every aluminium panel on each vehicle is formed using an English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks.

Aston Martin's V12 Zagato
Aston Martin's V12 Zagato

The trademark Zagato double bubble roof, for instance, is created from five separate handcrafted panels, illustrating the intensity of craftsmanship involved in the construction of the V12 Zagato.

The six-speed, 190 mph, V12 Zagato combines Aston Martin's bonded aluminium platform with the power of the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.

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3 comments
Bill Bennett
a face only a Mother could love
VoiceofReason
I can get a production Porsche 911 GT2 RS with 110 MORE horsepower for half the price and without waiting a year. The production 911 Turbo S, has the same horsepower, 530, for a mere $160.700.
Porsche....there is no substitute.
BZD
Big Whoopeee!!!
Finishing 5th and 6th in class may sound like an big achievement except 5th place in their class was 89th overall some 37 laps after the overall winner and 33 laps after the class winner!
The 33 laps on the 25.359 km track configuration equals 520 miles and time wise it\'s close to 6 hours, so compared to the class winning Ferrari 458 the \"fastest\" Zagato only did 75% of the race.
The other cars finishing ahead of the Zagatos in class was a Corvette C6, a Lexus LF-A and a Nissan 370Z.
I\'d say fine the Aston finished the race but calling it much more than that is pushing it too far. Among the cars finishing ahead overall was Seat Leon\'s, Golf GTI\'s, a Ford Focus, an Alfa Romeo 147, a Renault Clio, a Honda S2000, a Volvo C30, a BMW Mini Cooper and of course a whole bunch of other cars.
The best I can say of the Zagato is that it\'s great Aston Martin is finally making a car that look a little different from all the other models they have.