Aston Martin V12 Zagato: Weird and Beautiful At Once

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Take a few moments to fully take in and appreciate all that is happening in the photo above.

What you’re looking at is the Aston Martin V12 Zagato concept, a collaboration between Aston and Italian design firm Zagato. The car previews a model destined to run the 24 Hours of Nürburgring this June.

In the past we’ve accused Aston of doing the same design over and over, which, quite honestly, we don’t have a problem with. This V12 Zagato changes everything. While still amazingly gorgeous, it manages to infuse some weirdness along with bits of a Ferrari FF and even some Nissan GT-R.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato, rearThe beauty of an Aston comes in its sleek sexiness… a smooth profile that flows smoothly from the grille to the tailpipes. This one, though, is different.

A V12 Vantage served as the Zagato’s starting point, but from there things went wonderfully wonky. In the profile view, the muscular haunches might remind some of an American muscle car. The tail lights received the Ferrari FF treatment, while the roof carries some GT-R influence along with Zagato’s trademark double humps (originally designed to accommodate racing helmets).

The gaping front grille contributes to the epic look, and the giant side vents look almost deep enough to reach into and change the air filter.

Underneath that menacing hood lurks a 5.9-liter V12 that channels 510 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 6-speed single-clutch automated gearbox and a carbon driveshaft within a magnesium torque tube.

I don’t think I’ve ever written anything cooler than the above sentence.

Finally, there’s a steel roll cage, a limited-slip differential and racing-style vents in the side windows.

It’s striking. It’s stunning. It’s perfectly Aston Martin, without being perfectly Aston Martin.

Should the Aston Martin V12 Zagato go into production?

-tgriffith

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1 Comment

  1. It’s a little too much Zagato and not enough Aston for my tastes. Those wheels– They look like something that should be spinning on an Italian pimp’s hummer. Does it have neon under the rocker panels? Shucks, anyone can put an Aston Martin grille and engine in a confused wannabemobile, but the great thing about Aston Martin is that they’re cars actually LOOK like Aston Martins, yes, from bonnet to boot. IMO, that’s their strong suit. Frankly, I think Aston could do better making duplicates of some of their classic cars of the ’50’s and ’40’s.

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