Aston Martin has pulled back the sheets on the first images of its production V12 Zagato. The road car is headed for an official debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March.

Following in the tradition of the automaker's ultra exclusive One-77, the V12 Zagato will take more than 2,000 man-hours to manufacture thanks to hand-hewn body panels, including the hood, roof and doors. Not surprisingly, Aston Martin has committed to building just 150 examples. The V12 Zagato will also make extensive use of carbon fiber, with the front and rear fenders, trunk lid and door sills all constructed from the composite.

Aston Martin created four new colors especially for the V12 Zagato, and paint alone takes 100 hours to complete. Indoors, it takes a full seven hides to cover the cabin in hand-stitched, quilted leather.

The V12 Zagato effectively rides on the same underpinnings as the V12 Vantage, which means buyers can look forward to a 6.0-liter V12 engine with 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, while a six-speed manual transmission puts the power to the ground. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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The New Aston Martin V12 Zagato

• Production V12 Zagato set for European debut at Geneva Auto Show in March
• Created using materials, processes and technology pioneered on the One-77
• Body panels blend hand-formed aluminum with high-tech carbon fiber
• Production to commence Q3 2012, first deliveries Q4 2012
• Strictly limited to a maximum of 150 cars
• On sale now priced at (UK Pound) £330,000 (plus local taxes)

9 February 2012, Gaydon: With the final design signed-off and engineering development work progressing apace, Aston Martin today reveals the first images of the new V12 Zagato (road car) scheduled for production later this year.

The V12 Zagato is the pinnacle of the Vantage range. It is also the latest expression of a successful creative collaboration that has given rise to a series of striking GT cars over the last half-century, the original and most iconic of which being the DB4GT Zagato. Not only does this masterpiece rank amongst the most desirable, collectable and valuable cars in history, its 50th anniversary provided the inspiration for the V12 Zagato.

Though commemorating a great Aston Martin of the past the V12 Zagato could be no mere pastiche of the original. Instead the project was seen as the perfect opportunity to take Aston Martin's ethos of technology and tradition to a new and exciting level. To this end the V12 Zagato combines the modern ideas, materials, processes and technology pioneered on One-77, while remaining true to the purity and craftsmanship of its illustrious forebear.

For Aston Martin's CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V12 Zagato is "a celebration of both Aston Martin's heritage and its future". He continues: "Our relationship with Zagato stretches back more than 50 years. Together in that time we have created a series of very special cars. The first – the DB4GT Zagato – is a true icon: fast, beautiful and incredibly desirable. In the V12 Zagato I believe we have captured the spirit of that car and combined it with a confident twist of modernity to give it a character all of its own."

Initial design concepts for the V12 Zagato were explored in early 2010. Inspired by Zagato's bold and individual styling signatures Aston Martin's Director of Design, Marek Reichman, and his Gaydon-based design team relished the challenge of shaping the V12 Zagato, creating a car that pushes the boundaries of Aston Martin's design language, yet pays tribute to the DB4GT Zagato. Demonstrating ston Martin's ability to rapidly bring ideas to fruition the Zagato project quickly gained momentum, the design team working hand-in-hand with engineers and artisans to complete the build of a pair of concept cars in the spring of 2011.

May 2011 saw the V12 Zagato make its world debut at the prestigious Villa d'Este concours. Entered in the Concept Cars and Prototypes class, the V12 Zagato wowed the judges and the crowd, taking first place against impressive opposition. In June the Villa d'Este winner - along with the second prototype car – made the V12 Zagato's world racing debut at the grueling 24 hour endurance race held at the Nürburgring. Both cars completed the ultimate durability test, continuing Aston Martin's 100 per cent finishing record in this notoriously tough race.

After an overwhelmingly positive response from customers, the decision was made in July 2011 to build a strictly limited run of V12 Zagatos. Since then, Aston Martin's design team has worked to refine the sports car's detailing and aerodynamic performance while staying faithful to the original design concept. At the same time engineers based at Gaydon have been putting prototypes through the company's rigorous development program to ensure the V12 Zagato performs as well as it looks.

Every Aston Martin is a unique combination of advanced materials, technology and time-honored craftsmanship. The V12 Zagato takes this philosophy to a level previously seen in the company's exquisite One-77 supercar, which completes its build run this year. Built at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, production of the V12 Zagato will be strictly limited to no more than 150 cars.

Creating each V12 Zagato is a painstaking process that takes approximately 2,000 man-hours to complete. Just like the One-77, the V12 Zagato is constructed from a combination of hand crafted aluminum and carbon fiber. The bonnet, signature 'double-bubble' roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminum, while the front and rear fenders, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fiber.

The finished body is then painted in the same dedicated area as the One-77. Four unique colors have been created for the V12 Zagato: Scintilla Silver, Alloro Green, Alba Blue and Diavolo Red. The painting process alone takes some 100 hours to complete and is followed by the marriage of the body and the drive train within the sports car production area. From there the V12 Zagato is transferred to the standalone facility originally built to house One-77 production, where the build is completed.

This serene, laboratory-like space is perfectly suited to the task of creating special cars such as the V12 Zagato. It is here that time is lavished upon the fitment and installation of an array of bespoke components, including the side glass and the distinctive rear window, which features a curved surface that continues the sculptural lines of the 'double-bubble' roof. All the exterior brightwork around the windows has a contemporary black finish to compliment the exposed carbon fiber components. Fitment of the hand-crafted interior and upholstery is also completed in this dedicated build area.

Like all Aston Martins when viewed as a whole the V12 Zagato is an artful composition of powerful lines and compelling proportions, but when viewed up close it reveals sophisticated, sculptural surfaces and jewel-like details. The exposed elements of carbon fiber on the front splitter, A-pillars, rear lamp pods, diffuser, door mirror cases and rear wing all display the same perfectly symmetrical weave and smooth resin finish. Likewise the bold new grille is formed in a unique threedimensional composite material mesh that echoes Zagato's famous 'Z' moniker.

More delights are found inside. Seven Bridge of Weir hides – in semi-aniline finish to offer durability while preserving the natural texture of the leather - are used to trim the V12 Zagato's interior. Hand-stitched quilting of a unique design creates a flowing pattern that evokes a dynamic sense of movement across the seats and headlining, while 'Z' embroidery in the headrests and rear parcel shelf add a further flourish. Satin-finish carbon fiber on the dashboard and centre stack is perfectly complimented by piano black accents and satin black rotary switchgear. Carbon fiber sill plaques with 'V12 Zagato' inlaid metal script provide a distinctive finishing touch.

A work of art built by skilled craftsmen to be driven and enjoyed by the world's most discerning car collectors, the V12 Zagato is a fitting tribute to its illustrious ancestor. On-sale now priced at (UK Pound) £330,000 (plus local taxes) the production specification V12 Zagato will be showcased at the Geneva Salon International in March 2012. First deliveries are scheduled for autumn 2012.


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      JasonERF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just an honest opinion but am I the only one that thinks it's too Italian? I like me some Ferrari but Aston should ooze British. And that interior is ungodly... Way too flamboyant. I think I would like this car more if it was some random Italian make.
        JasonERF
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JasonERF
        Note: Yes, I know it *is* Italian/British but I'm more referring to the overall point of the vehicle/exercise.
      no_ac_slater
      • 2 Years Ago
      That interior is nuts. It looks like the embroidery on my grandmothers throw pillows, but in black and red. It's not bad, just striking. The overall styling doesn't scream aston to me though. It looks like more of a TVR to be honest, but with the crazy dialed down to an 8 from bat-****.
      alan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a treat just to look at an Aston Martin and not have to guess which model it is. This one actually has a unique look.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      The interior is sexy as hell.
      jayss2k07
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would also drop the rear wing...it would look much classier without it.
      Vince Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      What the hell were they thinking with that interior? It looks AWFUL
      lrx301
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some GT-R design cues on the roof, C pilliar.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some cars just make you say "I NEED TO GET A BETTER JOB"
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        While others, like this, make you say "HOW DO I DISINFECT MY EYES"
      Randy Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whether from the expressive nose, hood, and quarter panels (despite Ford's borrowing of signature elements), the detailing of the sides and the haunches over the wheels, it carries renewed drama to the Aston marque. One must begin hope for a diecast copy at some point. If only the writer could wean himself from the antiquated term "man-hours" (are woman-hours somehow different?). My teachers pushed us to drop such sexist and silly terms 30 years ago. Seems the past is never really the past.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is hideous! How does a company like Aston Martin, who made the DBS, DB9, Vantage, Vanquish, and every other purely beautiful car they've made, go and create a monster like this? It looks like geely tried to make an AM!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate saying this about an A-M design, but I'm simply not loving it. Grill looks WAY too huge - past A-M grilled were more horizontal, while this one is too tall. The roof/c-pillar has almost a Nissan Z look to it, and those rear flared wheel arches look almost cartoonish because they are so pronounced. It would really suck if the car company with some of the most stunning designs loses its touch.
        ernie.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Aston Martin doesn't have stunning designs, they have A stunning design. I'm not a fan of the Zagato either, but at least they're moving forward and changing it up. Maybe their next one will absolutely blow your mind.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aston has the most dated, under powered engine line up of any car company. They use that week V12 in basically every car, which is bigger and less powerful than a lot of V8s
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        But sounds ohhh so sexy. Agreed though, time for a major update
        cashsixeight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        You can't spell "weak", so I don't care what you are saying.
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