Aston Martin celebrates its 60-year partnership with the Italian design house Zagato, with £6 million pair of ‘DB’ models
Aston Martin has released sketches 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.
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation was announced last year, with the promise that it would follow the template of the original car, albeit with a few modern engineering and performance enhancements. Much like the firm’s DB4 GT Continuation model, it will be a brand-new version of the original 1960s car.
• First continuation Aston Martin DB4 GT built at Newport Pagnell
Built using a combination of yesteryear craftsmanship and modern-day technology, the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will feature a tubular chassis and thin-gauge, aluminium panelling. The entire body is hand-beaten, with its styling checked against a digital scan of an original DB4 GT Zagato.
Aston Martin claims a power figure of 380bhp, which will likely 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 wheel arches, 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 £6 million, with deliveries for the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation starting by the end of the 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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