Aston Martin V12 Zagato: Prototype to Production Decision in Only One Week
Ask Aston Martin and ye shall receive. Two new V12 Zagato road cars made their debut last week at the 39th ADAC Nurburgring 24 Hour Race and due to “encouraging customer reaction,” Aston Martin has confirmed that 150 V12 Zagatos will be hand built at the company’s Gaydon production plant and made available to a number of interested customers. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, Zig (Green) and Zag (Red), the race-going prototypes based on the V12 Vantage, completed more than 230 laps and 3700 miles in the 24-hour race, even competing for the lead in their class. "The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race performance and pure Aston Martin style," said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Director of Design. "The muscular organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing credentials." The lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber body with Zagato-inspired double-bubble roof is handcrafted from an English wheel and traditional body bucks. With the venerable 6.0-liter V-12 producing 510-horsepower and 420-lb-ft torque, Aston Martin says the $525,000 V12 Zagato, due in late 2012, is capable of 190 mph and a 0-62 mph time in 4.2 seconds. “The V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin,” said Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez. We’re sold. The V12 Zagato is one of the most beautiful cars we have ever seen. From prototype testing to production decision in just one week—here is an automaker attuned to its customers. If only other automakers could act as quickly. Source: Aston Martin
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