Vanquish Zagato Volante is the latest creation from a collaboration that reaches back over nearly six decades, beginning with the muscular DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960 and includes the DB7 Vantage Zagato of 2002, 2011's V12 Vantage Zagato and the most recent Vanquish Zagato Coupe announced earlier this year.
Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles have included the V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987 and the DB AR1 in 2003. Developed as an open-topped Zagato-bodied DB7 and also limited to 99 units, DB AR1 was similarly designed for the North American market and is considered today an established collectible by automotive connoisseurs worldwide.
The Vanquish Zagato Volante will be an addition to the Aston Martin and Zagato lineage, embodying Aston Martin's inherent capabilities, as well as Zagato's characteristic design details. Both cars share an enhanced version of Aston Martin's iconic V12 powertrain, increasing its output to 592 bhp with a projected 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds.
The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares its proportions with the Coupe, a quintessential Aston Martin form with a classic Zagato twist, evoked by round tail light reflectors that use the same 'bladed' LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fibre sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.
Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Volante continues the tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship. Aston Martin's specialist 'Q' division can add further personalisation and enhancement to a cabin finished with luxurious materials, including herringbone carbon-fibre, anodized bronze detailing and the finest Bridge of Weir leather. The Volante features the unique signature 'Z' quilt pattern stitch on both seat and door sections, as well as the celebrated trademark Zagato 'Z' embossed on the headrests and stitched into the centre console.
Customer deliveries are set to begin in 2017.