Plenty of people have been waiting with bated breath for any tidbit of information regarding Aston Martin’s DBS GT Zagato. The luxury automobile is part of Aston Martin’s DBZ Centenary Collection, which celebrates the company’s 100th anniversary. This past month, Aston Martin gave the world a taste of what the Zagato would look like, and it definitely meets any expectations.
There will only be 19 of the Zagatos made, so Aston Martin isn’t holding back on the car. The Zagato starts with the DBS Superleggera as a foundation, and then takes the Zagato through a design evolution. There are still hints of the original DB4 GT Zagato, though the new details and touches make the centenary version even more exclusive. The new “dynamic” grille is perhaps the most notable feature of this Zagato. The 108 individual diamond-shaped carbon fibre pieces provide a rousing game of hide and seek.
Those pieces are so well blended into the vehicle that they seem natural and nearly become invisible. However, when the Zagato turns on, those pieces “will appear to flutter into life,” as Aston Martin puts it. The purpose is to provide more ventilation for the car’s V12 engine. Those pieces aren’t the only bits of carbon fibre. The roof is a full-length piece, and requires a camera-operated rearview central mirror to make up for the lack of a rear window.
“This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too,” notes Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer for Aston Martin Lagonda. “Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will look like it’s resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers.
“Form and function are constantly n battle with one another, but this is a great example of where we have been able to utilize modern technologies to ensure no concession has been made on either side. It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato and I feel that we have achieved that with this model and I can’t wait to see it in the metal.”