Aston Martins, by definition, are beautiful cars. The British automaker developed a distinct design language stretching back to the 1960s, and like fine wine or Greco-Roman art, it has only become more refined and distinguished over time. Most cars that Aston produces are designed by in-house designers, but when the automaker farms the work out to design firms, the results are nothing short of spectacular. As a reminder, Aston just pulled the covers off a new Zagato-designed concept based on the Vanquish set to debut at this year’s Villa d’Este, and it is as beautiful as any car has a right to be.
According to Aston, this is the fifth car born from collaboration with Zagato, a relationship stretching back 50 years. The car was a joint effort between Aston’s designers and Zagato’s best and brightest in Milan. The result of this partnership is one of those rare cars that look almost too good to drive, a two-door masterpiece that would appear as much at home in an art gallery as it would in a garage.
Visually, the Vanquish Zagato is immediately identifiable as an Aston, but the fresh Zagato blood is clear and direct in the body lines. The legendary Italian design house infused its trademark touches into the car, with a widened and slightly rounded front grille opening, hearkening back to the delicious 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. The roof incorporates Zagato’s characteristic double-bubble roof made popular on cars in the 1960s, when the roofs of Zagato-bodied competition cars were raised on both sides to better accommodate racing helmets.
The redesigned bodywork is composed entirely of carbon fiber, with an emphasis on one-piece panels to keep complexity and weight low. Around back, the round taillamps are similar to those of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato from 2012, and they incorporate the blade design originally debuted on the track-only Vulcan hypercar.
Underneath the new skin, the car rides on a Vanquish platform, which includes the 5.9-liter V-12 engine, with power bumped up to a heady 591 hp. The “driving dynamics” have reportedly improved as well, with no additional in-depth details given on the mechanical changes.
Now, it comes down to what purpose this car serves. In 2011, Aston and Zagato debuted the Vantage-based V12 Zagato sports car, and following public interest, decided to produce the Zagato in limited quantities in 2012 and 2013. The new Vanquish Zagato Concept is suspiciously production-friendly, so we wouldn’t be too surprised to see copies of this stunner reach well-moneyed hands in the future.