Zagato has been very busy as of late. At the Geneva Motor Show in March it debuted two models, the Diatto Ottovu and the Spyker C12 Zagato. Today the company revealed that it's now collaborating with Maserati to produce the Maserati GS Zagato. The GS is a one-off commisioned by Paolo Boffi, a furnishings and luxury designer who apparently doesn't like to buy his cars off the shelf. It's inspired by the Maserati A6 G Zagato, although only pics of the rear have been released, so we'll have to take their word on that for now.
Based on the Maserati GranSport Spyder, the GS Zagato is two-seat touring hatch skinned with an all-aluminum body. Not much else is known about the car, so we can only assume it uses the same mechanicals as the Spyder, which means a 4.2L V8 producing 400 horsepower. Zagato loves to play dress up with other company's cars, and the GS Zagato is no different. It will make its official debut at the Concours d'Elegance Village d'Este in Itally next weekend.
Zagato Villa d'Este 2007
One year after the presentation of the Ferrari 575GTZ, Zagato returns to Villa
d'Este with a world preview for fans of Italian sports sedans: the Maserati GS
In the most classic traditions of exclusive collections that inspired the creativity
of car designers in the '50s and '60s, Paolo Boffi, well-known entrepreneur in
the furnishing and luxury design sector, has commissioned from Zagato a
customised look for his Maserati GS Spyder.
Zagato proposes a line that evoked the historical Maserati A6 G Zagato of
1954: one of the most beautiful Italian sedans ever built, and nowadays at the
top of every collector's wish list.
The Maserati GS Zagato, like its celebrated ancestor, has all-aluminium
bodywork and bears the Trident on the bonnet and the Z on the wing,
expressing eternal Italian excellence in its shape and its content. A winning
combination that matches powerful and reliable mechanics, with an elegant and
and sports style, both rigorously Made in Italy.
For purists of the compact coupé, afficionados of the Milano-based brand, it is
a two-volume, two-seater, hatchback with a streamlined profile and a neat tail.
The wheelbase is 180mm shorter, a spin-off from the Spyder, provides
excellent handling and stability on curves, with extraordinary torsional rigidity.
In homage to the tradition of the gentlemen drivers who asked Zagato to
transform the bodywork of their cars, modern collectors choose mechanics at
the top level of technical evolution and 'dress' them in tailor-made garments
that increase in value as time passes.
This is the mission of a modern automobile atelier: to create timeless objects that
celebrate prestigious models and brands and which, unlike mass produced vehicles,
are destined to last for ever.
Zagato, born in 1919 as an atelier for automobiles and planes, has put its
signature on all the most important mechanics of the last century, earning the
opportunity to create, every time, an "instant classic".
Zagato's strengths lie in the concept of sports-style elegance, a functional design that
does not bow to momentary fashions but seeks out the excitement and pleasure of
driving, and in the precious aluminium bodywork, a value recognised everywhere.
The Maserati GS Zagato will be on show at the Concours d'Elegance Villa
d'Este, to be held in Cernobbio (Italy) 20 -22 April 2007.