Aston Martin has announced a pair of new vehicles to be built with Italian design house Zagato.
It seems you can’t throw a dart at Italy without hitting an automotive design house, but Zagato is a design house with some pedigree. They’ve worked with Fiat, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, BMW, Lamborghini, and of course, Aston Martin.
Aston Martin and Zagato have enjoyed a 58-year partnership, so in celebration of Zagato’s 100th anniversary, they’ve agreed to collaborate on a pair of cars that simultaneously harken back to Aston and Zagato’s heritage, but also look towards the future.
The call it the DBZ Centenary Collection. Curiously, you’re not able to buy either car separately--you either purchase the whole collection of two cars or you don’t. Only 19 pairs of cars are to be made and each pair costs a cool £6 million, or about $8 million USD. Only the one percent need apply.
First of the collection is the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, a modern reinterpretation of the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato. Aston Martin is making this modern antique as close to the original as possible, even to the point of using the same thin-gauge aluminum body panels and lightweight tubular frame. As a consequence, this car is decidedly not road-legal as it does not comply with any modern crash or safety laws.
For your track day-only throwback, you get a Tadek Marek-designed straight-six cylinder engine which produces 380 hp--66 more horses than the original. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via 4-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip rear differential.
The second half of the Centenary Collection is the DBS GT Zagato. This is less of a remade classic and more of an iterative improvement on the DBS Superleggera, Aston’s current flagship.
We’ve only got a sketch to see what this new car will look like, but Aston tells us the DBS Zagato will have a "fresh interpretation of the iconic double-bubble roof" as well as a “dramatically truncated tail” compared to the Superleggera. Presumably it’ll share the same powertrain, but Aston doesn’t provide details there.
One thing we do know: The DBS GT Zagato will certainly be road-legal.
For those lucky enough to be able to afford a combo track-day historic car and a modern supercar, you’ll still have to be patient before you get either new toy. Deliveries of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation begin fourth quarter 2019, while the DBS GT Zagato gets delivered fourth quarter 2020.