2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 25 August 2011 , 10:08:28 byDan

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Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin V12 Zagato will have its debut at Frabkfurt. Based on the appreciated V12 Vantage, this car is hand assembled, featuring an amazing body made from aluminum and carbon fiber. It has a 6.0-litre V12 engine that produces no less than 510 HP and a maximum torque of 570 Nm. It will be produced in a limited edition of 150 cars in the summer of 2012 and will cost 330,000 GBP.

One of the models from the Aston Martin V12 Zagato concept, also known as Zig, sports a full aerodynamic package, that has dive planes, front splitter, a very large rear diffuser and a special designed spoiler. The second model, known as Zag, has a racing-car interior, with a more aggressive and sporty exterior. Both cars made their racing debuts at 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN at Nurburgring. Zag was first presented at Villa D'Este, where it made a very good impression. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato cars will be available starting with September 2012 in Frankfurt.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato set for Motor Show Debut at Frankfurt

The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato will be appearing in September at the 64th IAA International Motor Show at Frankfurt. Along with the largest display of contemporary Aston Martins ever seen at a Motor Show, two V12 Zagatos, both having completed their engineering sign-off at the N?rburgring 24 hour race, will be shown for the first time at a mainstream event.

Hand assembled at the company's global headquarters in Gaydon, England, the V12 Zagato is based on the highly acclaimed V12 Vantage and features a beautiful 'handcrafted? aluminium and carbon fibre body. Combining traditional craftsmanship and high technology, the V12 Zagato also boasts Aston Martin's most dynamic bonded aluminium platform and the power of the company's acclaimed 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.

Following extremely positive initial customer reaction, the V12 Zagato is being offered for sale at ?330,000 GBP (excluding local taxes) and will go into strictly limited production of up to 150 cars in summer 2012. 50 years on from the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity which underpinned the original collaboration.

Launched successfully in late May at the famous Villa D'Este Concours on Lake Como, Italy, the V12 Zagato saw off tough competition to be awarded the coveted Design Award for the concept and prototypes class. Just a week later, the V12 Zagato made its racing debut at the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the historic N?rburgring racetrack in Germany. Following other appearances in the series, both prototypes of the V12 Zagato were entered into the gruelling 39th ADAC N?rburgring 24 Hour on 25/26 June, successfully amassing a combined 230 laps and over 3,700 miles of intense durability testing - both taking the chequered flag to maintain Aston Martin's 100% finish record in the race.

The first of the two V12 Zagatos being shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, finished in its distinctive green livery is the full endurance race car concept specification as campaigned at the N?rburgring. The car, nicknamed ?Zig' by the factory team features a full aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, large rear diffuser and spoiler designed to make the most of the N?rburgring's multitude of corners and lengthy straights.

The second of the cars, nicknamed 'Zag', was originally shown at the Villa D'Este before being converted into the same full racing specification as the sister car. Since the 24 hour race, Zag, has been returned to its original show specification which, although showing a racing car interior, has an exterior more representative of the exclusive road car currently offered for order. In addition to this, Aston Martin today releases the first conceptual illustrations of the road car variant that will go into production from mid 2012.

The pair of V12 Zagatos will join the Aston Martin stand at Frankfurt in September alongside the stunning One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and Vantage S.