► New Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato
► Aston's DBZ Centenary Collection
► The latest special-edition Zag is here
Earlier this year, Aston Martin revealed the DBZ Centenary collection, a two car package featuring a classic DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and a new, DBS GT Zagato – or reskinned Superleggera. The total package is £6 million (plus taxes). And now Aston Martin says we’ll get to see the Continuation half of the package at this year’s Le Mans 24 hour race.
In a statement released today, Aston Martin said it’ll be showing the very first Continuation in its VIP hospitality area during this month’s endurance race – with 18 more yet to be produced.
The Continuation isn’t road legal and made specifically for the track – after all, it was designed to race against the mighty Ferraris of the 60s. Aston Martin says the Continuation is finished in Rosso Maja red, and Obsidian Black thread, with exterior colour matched to the original original cars.
The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation is powered by a 390bhp, 4.7-litre straight six mated to a four-speed ‘box and limited-slip differential. It’ll run on Borrani silver painted wheels, and you’ll also find an FIA-approved roll-cage inside.
What is the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato?
Take one DBS Superleggera and wrap it in a typically outré coachbuilt body by Zagato and you get the idea. Its makers claim inspiration from the landmark DB4 GT Zagato, whose voluptuous curves are laid down in Aston folklore.
Note the double-bubble roof (one of the Zagato design house’s most famous motifs) and fighter jet-style wraparound windscreen. There’s also a reprofiled front grille and numerous other details to set this DBS apart from the regular model.
Sold! When can I buy the new Aston Martin Zagatos?
The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation arrives first, in autumn 2019 while the DBS will arrive a year later, at the end of 2020. It is likely to have sold out by the time you read this and if you have to ask about PCP monthly repayments, you’re probably in the wrong socioeconomic group, sadly.
The new Zagato collection is a reminder of how supercar brands are finding new revenues from collaborations such as this - and by plundering the back catalogues. They’re all at it, from Ferrari to McLaren, and it looks like a smart way of keeping the wealthiest collectors and customers coming back for more.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Lagonda’s chief creative officer, said: ‘In the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation we have one of the world’s most beautiful and instantly recognisable pieces of car design. Creating a car fit to stand alongside it was always going to be a formidable challenge, but also a great motivation.
‘Both design teams at Aston Martin and Zagato have together risen to the task magnificently; taking the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaping something which retains its identity as an Aston Martin, but expresses itself as only a Zagato can. Sensational-looking and extremely rare, it is the modern incarnation of a timeless icon.’