Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection enters production

Aston Martin has started construction of the first half of its £6million Centenary Collection at its plant in Newport Pagnell

Aston Martin has released a series of images which detail the construction process of the first half of its upcoming DBZ Centenary Collection. Built to celebrate the firm’s 60-year partnership with Zagato, the collection consists of a modern, track-only version of the classic DB4 GT Zagato and a new, road-legal DBS GT Zagato.

As shown by Aston Martin’s insider images, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation features a tubular chassis and thin-gauge, aluminium panelling. It will be built using a combination of yesteryear craftsmanship and modern-day technology, with its hand-beaten body being checked against a digital scan of an original DB4 GT Zagato.

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The British manufacturer announced its new Continuation model last year, with the promise that it would follow the template of the original DB4 GT Zagato, albeit with a few modern engineering and performance enhancements. Much like the marque’s DB4 GT Continuation model, it will be a brand-new version of the original sixties car.

Aston Martin claims a power figure of 380bhp, which is likely to come courtesy of a reworked version of the same Tadek Marek-designed 4.2-litre twin-spark straight-six petrol engine from the DB4 GT Continuation. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.

Paired with the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will be the new DBS GT Zagato. Based on the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, it will feature a redesigned body with a wider wrap-around windscreen, flared wheelarches, unique headlamps, a new grille and a swooping carbon-fibre double-bubble roof.

Performance specifications for the DBS GT Zagato are yet to be released, but we expect it will feature a reworked version of the 715bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 from the standard DBS Superleggera.

The DBZ Centenary Collection is priced at £6million, with deliveries for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation expected to arrive by autumn this year. The DBS GT Zagato will follow, reaching customers by the end of 2020. Production will be limited to just 19 pairs, with the two models being sold exclusively as a duo.

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