Aston Martin and Zagato’s latest supercar is the peak of automotive partnerships
Some automotive collaborations stand above the rest. Ford and Shelby come to mind, or the long-standing romance between Ferrari and Pininfarina.
But few have excelled like the tandem of Aston Martin and Italian coach-builder Zagato, beginning with the sublime early-1960s DB4 GT Zagato racecars, one of which sold at auction in 2015 for $14.3 million. Now the partners have outdone themselves with the 2017 Vanquish Zagato Volante.
The open-top version of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, the Volante features Aston Martin’s aluminum-alloy V-12 engine, which harnesses 592 bhp to launch the convertible from zero to 60 in a projected 3.7 seconds, topping out in the neighborhood of 200 mph. The car boasts carbon-ceramic brakes—which are necessary to maintain control while braking at those speeds. With a price tag of around $850,000 and a strictly limited production run of 99 units, the Volante appeals to that rarefied club of supercar collectors who demand exclusivity and maximum performance.
If a limited-edition Aston Martin still isn’t unique enough for you, the automaker provides as standard certain luxury features like anodized bronze detailing, herring-bone-patterned carbon fiber, and leather from Bridge of Weir, a Scottish tannery that outfits the top European carmakers and ship builders. It also stitches the Zagato “Z” into the seats, doors, and dashboard. The result is a ride fit for Aston Martin’s most famous customer, 007 himself.