Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster unleashed

Kelley Robertson
August 16, 2017

The new Speedster will be the most exclusive, with just 28 of them being produced, while the Coupe, Volante and Shooting Brake will each be limited to 99 units.

According to the company, the Shooting Brake is still a strict two-seater, "But one conceived as an individual and exceptionally practical GT".

The auto is likely to be a fixed open-roof creation, and Aston and Zagato will follow their policy on 2003's DB AR1 by not offering even a temporary cover that could keep the cabin dry when the vehicle is parked.

All four Vanquish Zagato models are powered by a naturally-aspirated 580-hp 6.0L V12 that's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The liaison between British carmaker Aston Martin and Italian carrozzeria Zagato, which dates back to the legendary (and today nearly priceless) DB4 GT Zagato of 1960, is flourishing once again.


Like the other Zagato models, all the unique body panels are made from carbon fibre with an even more dramatic appearance than the stunning Vanquish. Cars this rare and expensive tend to sit in climate controlled garages as their value skyrockets, but we're hopeful some owners will pull them out and take them for the occasional drive. They all use that automatic Touchtronic III transmission with adaptive damping objective tuned for the Vanquish Zagato models. We've simply taken things a few steps further. But while Aston has announced that it will build 99 shooting brakes, the same limited run as was commissioned for the coupe and the Volante, the cut-down speedster will be rarer still, with just 28 to be built when construction begins next year. They already sold the cars which they manufactured them for the demonstration objective and example showcasing. Because a select group of buyers of the first coupe wanted something different and more extreme, according to Aston Martin design boss Marek Reichman.

"Creating cars with Zagato is a true creative partnership", he added.

"There's so much history between Zagato and Aston Martin that we know one another's brands incredibly well".

"There's always an over-demand from our clients and patrons".

The Speedster version of the Vanquish Zagato will be presented to the public at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance auto show later this month. "We could easily fulfil demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special".

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