• Apr 20th 2012 at 4:56PM
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We last saw the Aston Martin V12 Zagato on the floor at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It was hardly an opportune moment to relish the automaker's stunning new two-seater, however, as we were forced to dodge the crowds while shooting images for our live gallery. Wanting to get a closer second look at the exceedingly rare exotic and shoot a more detailed photo montage, we visited Galpin Aston Martin in Southern California for a private viewing (astute readers may recall that several years ago we visted Galpin's exclusive "vault room" to check out the Aston Martin One-77).

Beneath this example's glossy Diavolo Red paint, mounted within the all-alloy aluminum monocoque platform, is the powerful running gear of a V12 Vantage (a car we called "an intoxicating machine masterfully engineered to gratify every emotion in a car enthusiast's soul" in our V12 Vantage review). In a nutshell, the rear-wheel drive V12 Zagato features a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 (rated at 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque), a rear mid-mounted transaxle and a traditional six-speed manual gearbox. Ever so slightly lighter than the V12 Vantage, the V12 Zagato will crack the 60 mph benchmark in about four seconds and not run out of steam until about 190 mph. Scroll down to continue reading.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato grilleAston Martin V12 Zagato brakesAston Martin V12 Zagato badgeAston Martin V12 Zagato rear wing

In person, the V12 Zagato is eye-watering gorgeous. All body panels, including the "double-bubble" roof, are painstakingly hand crafted from carbon fiber and aluminum. The front quarter panels, expansive pieces of aluminum, wrap well around the front with subtle indentations around headlight buckets. The carbon fiber hood, with its raised power bulge running down the middle, is vented to bleed hot air from the cramped engine compartment. At the rear, the aluminum panels laboriously wrap around the taillamps, each set in an artfully-sculpted carbon-fiber surround. Forged aluminum alloy wheels, partly hiding the oversized carbon-ceramic brake package with multi-piston calipers, are fitted with high-performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires (255/35ZR19 front and 295/30ZR19 rear).

The interior boasts seven natural texture Bridge of Weir hides, stitched by hand and finished in semi-aniline to improve durability (it's a shame our images aren't scratch-and-sniff, as the aroma is exquisite.) In addition to the unique quilting pattern – a treatment that looks much more subtle in person as the camera's flash seems to have reflected off it – there is "Z" embroidery in the headrests and rear parcel shelf. In tasteful contrast is the black carbon fiber and piano black accents artfully placed on the dash and center console.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato engineAston Martin V12 Zagato engineAston Martin V12 Zagato interiorAston Martin V12 Zagato seats

And now the bad news (as if you didn't see it coming). Not only is the Aston Martin V12 Zagato limited to a production run of just 150 copies, but each one has a base price of £330,000 plus taxes ($434,000 plus tax at today's exchange). Making matters even more complicated is news that Aston Martin has no plans to certify this rare beauty for sale in the States. That's a damned shame, but we suspect that such technicalities won't stop the very well-to-do from finding a way...

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      That's quite a hood there under that metal hood.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like a 2013 Ford Fusion from the front.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not digging the interior weave on the seats.
      Mike McDonald
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay the rear spoiler ruins the whole car. If the car doesn't look unique enough without the spoiler, then redesign the car or don't make it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice how much this looks JUST like the new Ford Fusion?
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a disgrace for Aston Martin..... they really can't do anything right without Ian Callum. One can argue the DB9 is a more handsome looking car than either the busy boy racer DB-S or the dressed up kitted Virage. Not to mention the Vantage which looks downright comical next to the DB9 and Vanquish. Even the spy shots of the next Aston (DB10 or DB9 Vanquish) don't look much better. I wonder how much longer Aston will last at this state with a 8 year old platform, perhaps the most underwhelming V12 engine in the market and a lackluster performance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's not an Aston, at all. It's a TVR wearing an Aston costume.
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      love the repurposed 2013 Taurus SHO wheels other than that, the car is pure sex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome looking! From inside and outside. AND one of the very few last real enthusiasts cars with a stick shift.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      That wing is like a poop stain on a supermodel.
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