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Aston Martin reveals DBS GT Zagato duo. Image by Aston Martin.

Aston Martin reveals DBS GT Zagato duo
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What's all this about?

If you're an Aston Martin fan that's torn between something classic or something new, the company has shown its ideal solution. The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato is the modern half of an exclusive double act that also includes a DB4 GT Zagato as part of the continuation series. Just 19 examples are being built, and the total cost is a mere £6 million.

Six million pounds? I'd better sit down.

Now you're sitting comfortably, you can soak up some of the gorgeous details of the modern half of this pairing. Underneath that voluptuous bodywork is the mechanical makeup of Aston's impressive DBS Superleggera. The sleek lines highlight the car's long bonnet including a large vent that helps channel air rushing in through the vast front grille.

Comprising of 108 individual carbon fibre elements, it is one of the largest grilles to adorn the front of a modern Aston Martin. When the twin-turbocharged V12 engine fires up, this dynamic grille opens each element, giving the impression of it fluttering to life.

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda, said, "This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too. Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost 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."

What other details are there?

One of the more distinctive features is the sizeable single-piece carbon fibre roof. In keeping with Zagato tradition, it also carries the famous double-bubble shape over the cabin. Due to its design, there is no rear window, so to help drivers see behind there is a camera system that displays the rear view inside the cabin. The doors still have traditional side mirrors and feature door handles that sit flush with the bodywork. At the rear of the car are four exhaust tips that are shaped upward following the lines of the aggressive rear diffuser. Intricate light designs protrude from the exposed carbon fibre rear section that spans the back of the car.

Reichman adds: "Form and function are constantly in battle with one another, but this is a great example of where we have been able to utilise 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."

When will they be released?

Aston Martin is planning to produce all 19 DBS GT Zagato cars in 2020, following the DB4 GT Zagato continuation cars that are pencilled in for production at Aston Martin Works later this year.

Dave Humphreys - 9 Jul 2019

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