ZAGATO PAIR & TWINS PROJECT
The historic Milanese body shop, founded in Milan in 1919 by Ugo Zagato, immediately stood out for its innovative design and excellent aerodynamics and the use of materials and technical and stylistic solutions ahead of the times. He immediately collaborated with the main car manufacturers such as Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati but also foreign brands such as Aston Martin with which he has been collaborating steadily for more than 60 years.The first model designed and built by Zagato for Aston Martin was the DB4 GT ZAGATO, built on the basis of the DB4 GT and produced in only 19 specimens specifically for racing. In 2019, on the occasion of the centenary of the Milanese house, the “DBZ CENTENARY COLLECTION” project comes to life, consisting of 19 DB4 GT ZAGATO CONTINUATION and 19 DBS GT ZAGATO, sold exclusively together. 19 pairs of cars representing the state of the art and automotive engineering to celebrate Zagato's centenary. Creating the DBS GT Zagato was an exercise in combining innovation with the elegance of design. Dynamic design elements are an integral part of the design, with a unique grille treatment incorporating 108 individual diamond-shaped carbon fiber pieces. When parked, the grille appears to be flush with the bodywork. Once the car is unlocked, the pieces "flutter" creating a "motion" effect. Originally built to race against the might of Ferrari in the 1960’s, the DB4 GT Zagato was a thoroughbred machine. Evolved for the rigours of motor racing and blessed with a rare and incontestable beauty, the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations are meticulously crafted, staying true to those original Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs produced by Aston Martin and Zagato in the 1960’s.
The production model of this track-only sports car, represents the culmination of around 4,500 hours of painstaking and meticulous artisan craftsmanship. Finished in Rosso Maja red paint, the car’s exterior colour has been matched to original masters created by Max Meyer & ICI, the paint suppliers for the original cars. The new model boasts a larger capacity 4.7-litre version of the straight-six cylinder petrol engine found in the DB4 GT Continuation and, in this guise, is producing in excess of 390 bhp. This is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. The modern twin to DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, DBS GT Zagato forms the contemporary half of this unique pairing and will pack 760bhp through its 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 power unit. This uniquely ambitious project, created to celebrate the centenary of the legendary Zagato signature, pays tribute to an icon of the past and creates a classic of the future. Shown in Supernova Red – a paint colour exclusively reserved for the DBS GT Zagato ‘Centenary Specification’ – with contrasting exposed carbon fibre accents and Satin Black and Gold 3D machined wheels, demonstrates the meticulous attention to detail that marks out every Aston Martin and showcases the key features of this pack.
The DBS GT Zagato sits alongside the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation in the DBZ Centenary Collection: the latest Continuation sports car to be created by Aston Martin and hand built at the brand’s global centre of heritage excellence, Aston Martin Works.
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said: “Paired with the new beauty that is the stunning DBS GT Zagato, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation cars are a unique and fitting celebration of the brand’s 60-year love affair with this unmatched Italian automotive style icon.”
In 2020 a new project was born, called “TWINS”, based on the VANTAGE V12 ZAGATO model.
"The essence of this project was to create a" perfect garage "made up of two complementary and collectible models, a Coupé and a Roadster. A complete closed collection - which does not need other pieces -" instant classic "" says Andrea Zagato.
The two cars can in fact be purchased only in pairs, as happened for the two Aston Martin PAIRs on the occasion of the Centenary of Zagato (1919-2019). Hence the name of TWINS for the two V12 Vantage Zagato Coupé and Roadster. Compared to the Vantage V12 Zagato both Twins have a retractable mobile wing and therefore an Active Aerodynamics system to remember the first version exhibited at Ville d'Este and winner of the Concept category and can boast 600 HP (85 HP in more than the original). For both models, the bodywork is made entirely of carbon fiber. There is a new high-capacity aluminum intake system and a titanium exhaust line, which gives a splendid sound to the naturally aspirated 5.9-liter twelve-cylinder engine. It starts with a V12 Vantage, which is completely disassembled and reassembled using 500 new components. All operations are carried out strictly by hand by a team of artisans who work continuously for 16 weeks. Included in the purchase price subscribers also receive a bespoke treatment that begins with a carbon fiber container with samples of all the materials used inside.