Saturday, August 27, 2011

Aston Martin to Show Production V12 Zagato at Frankfurt Show

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Five decades after the launch of the legendary DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato collaborated to create a 21st century reincarnation of this automotive icon. The result was the new V12 Zagato, which will be displayed in road going form the Frankfurt Motor Show from September 13.

The V12 Zagato is based on the V12 Vantage. It features an aluminum and carbon fiber body, is hand-assembled at Aston Martin’s Gaydon factory and is powered by a version of the British company’s 6.0-liter V12 with an output of 517HP and 570 Nm (420 lb/ft) of torque.

Of course the IAA isn’t the car’s first outing: the V12 Zagato was first presented in May at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy. But that was just the beginning: the company decided to enter not one, but two concepts, nicknamed “Zig” and “Zag”, at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race, both taking the chequered flag after 230 laps and maintaining Aston’s perfect finishing record in this grueling test.

Since then the cars have returned to their original specifications although the “Zag”, unlike the "Zig", features an interior very close to that of the production car.

Aston Martin said the V12 Zagato will be produced in limited numbers (no more than 150 units) from the summer of 2012 with a price tag of £330,000 ($537,395) excluding taxes.


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