Zagato V12 for Kuwait concours

2012-01-30 07:31

GAYDON, England - Aston Martin will debut the first production V12 Zagato at the 2012 Kuwait Concours d’ Elegance.

The show, in its third consecutive year and due to open on February 15, is the only event of its type in the Middle East and will host some of the world’s finest "automotive art" from about 20 countries. It is considered by automotive connoisseurs to be the first of "the season".

Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, said: "We're excited to be able to show the new V12 Zagato for the first time in production form. It's more than 50 years since the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato and Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the original focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.”


The first of only 150 of these cars to be hand-assembled at the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon will be delivered towards the end of 2012. They will be based on the V12 Vantage but have a hand-crafted aluminium/carbon fibre body and an even more upmarket cabin.

It will also have Aston Martin’s most dynamic bonded-aluminium platform and the power of the company’s six-litre V12 - 380lW/570Nm.

The V12 Zagato was first shown in May 2011 at the Villa d’Este Concours on Lake Como, Italy where it won the Design Award for the concept and prototype class. A week later it made its racing debut at the Nürburgring before the two prototypes were entered for the Nürburgring 24 Hour - each maintaining the marque’s 100% finish record in the race.

Also to be judged at the Kuwait concours will be a number of rare and historic Aston Martins from private owners. One such is an original DB4GT Zagato, one of the finest examples of the first partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato.

The spiritual inspiration for the contemporary V12 Zagato, the DB4GT Zagato, came to fruition just more than a half-century ago when Aston Martin sought to remove even more weight from the very special DB4GT. In the search of an ever lighter and faster version, Aston Martin approached Zagato, a company renowned for such projects.


Managing director Elio Zagato and technical director Gianni Zagato and their team drafted the main design of the DB4GT Zagato in just a week. All of the original 19 DB4GT Zagatos still exist in some of the world's greatest car collections.

The retail price of the car will be £330 000 - about R3.68-million (excluding all taxes and import duties).