CONCEPTS: Aston Martin and Zagato Shape A Beautiful Coupe

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The Vanquish Zagato Concept is a stunning example of the fruits that come from Aston Martin’s partnership with the famed design house.

This Vanquish Zagato Concept is set to debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – think of it as an Italian Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Aston Martin and Zagato have worked together for five decades – the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato was their first project, and the most recent was the V12 Vantage Zagato from 2011.

This new concept was designed in Italy and engineered at Aston Martin’s headquarters in England.


The overhead view shows us the round tail lights that are a Zagato trademark, and they incorporate the same bladed LED technology that Aston Martin first showed on its track-only supercar, the Vulcan.

It also shows the “double bubble” roof, with its shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass to give the car a familiar look from the rear. It’s a Zagato trademark dating back to the early 1950s, and it originally arose from the need to clear racing helmets while minimizing impact on the car’s aerodynamic profile.

The proportions are familiar to any fan of the marque, and the body is constructed entirely from carbon fiber, and one design directive was to use one-piece portions as much as possible, to reduce cutlines. The greenhouse wraps around in a shape that’s similar to the look of sporty sunglasses.

Inside, there’s herringbone carbon fiber paired with shadow and anodized bronze and aniline leather. The Vanquish Zagato Concept is also defined by the unique quilted Z-pattern stitch used on the seat and door sections – check out those wild upper bolsters – as well as the trademark Zagato “Z” embossed on headrests and stitched into the center console.


This is the fifth Aston Martin/Zagato car in as many decades, and both companies are proud papas.

‘We pride ourselves on our strong partnership and the creation of the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience,” says Zagato’s CEO, Andrea Zagato. “It represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years.”

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