Nearly 100 years ago, Ugo Zagato set up shop in Milan to build lightweight car bodies for astonishingly wealthy customers, thus siring a legacy of gorgeous cars that have become icons in their own right. To celebrate the milestone – and its near-60-year partnership with the Italian coachbuilder – Aston Martin is creating the DBZ Centenary Collection (and no, DBZ isn’t short for Dragon Ball Z), made up of two halves.
The first is that the company’s heritage division in Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works, will be making a 19-unit continuation run of the DB4 GT Zagato, each being brand new and track-only. The cars will be built using a blend of old-world craftsmanship and modern engineering and performance enhancements, Aston says, using digital scanning technology to improve accuracy and equipping them with a 380 hp dual-ignition straight-six engine, a four-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
But that’s not all – in what will surely be the most expensive buy-one-free-one deal in history, Gaydon is also producing 19 units of the new DBS GT Zagato to go with the recreations. Using the already stunning DBS Superleggera as base, Aston and Zagato will be tacking on unique bodywork that harks back to the voluptuous curves of the original DB4 GT Zagato.
Based on the sketches provided, the car will be a thing of beauty indeed, maintaining the muscular rear haunches and the plus-size grille that have been the hallmark of Aston Martin Zagatos. And of course, what would a Zagato be without a double-bubble roof – in this case accentuated by the wraparound windscreen design and flowing roofline. Unique headlight and wheel designs and round tail lights – reminiscent of the earlier Vanquish Zagato – complete the look.
No technical details have been revealed so far, but the car should retain the Superleggera’s 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12, already making a hefty 715 hp and 900 Nm of torque. The DBZ Centenary Collection will set you back a cool £6 million (RM32.2 million) – that’s before taxes – and while buyers will get the keys to their DB4s in the fourth quarter of this year, they’ll have to wait an entire year longer for the DBS.
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