Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Continuation Comes with a Free DBS
Aston Martin's DB4 Zagato Continuation programs offers customers a brand-new hand-built DB4 Zagato. Customers will also get a special edition DBS GT Zagato as a sweetener.
Modern interpretation of traditional sportscar values
Aston Martin has a relationship with Italian master coachbuilder, Zagato, which dates to 1960. Back then, Zagato helped Aston Martin created the ultimate road racer from its DB4. To celebrate, the British car brand favored by James Bond is recreating those DB4s and they are being built by hand, using Aston Martin’s master technicians.
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Meticulous skills and a lot of time equals perfection
These DB4 GT Zagatos are going to be some of the most exclusive Aston Martins ever built, limited in number to only 19 cars. These continuation model DB4s are true to the shape of those original Zagatos, but feature some very subtle mechanical improvements. Such as a current FIA-specification roll cage and impact proof fuel tank. It takes a team of 30 people 4500 hours to build each ‘modern’ DB4 GT Zagato.
Is this the best GT car deal in history?
Perhaps the most interesting part of Aston Martin’s DB4 GT Zagato continuation project is the fact that it can’t be bought as a standalone. In an original marketing strategy, Aston Martin is offering its 19 DB4 GT Zagatos as a pair, not with each other, but with a special edition of the DBS Superleggera called the DBS GT Zagato. The purchase price for this pair of rare and collectible Aston Martins is a not-so-insignificant $7.8 million.
Is this the ultimate British GT with Italian heritage?
From the concept renderings, one can see that Aston’s designers have attempted to remove all hard and angular lines from the DBS Superleggera’s surface, to achieve what they believe is an authentic Zagato look for 2019. The GT Zagato will be the most striking incarnation of Aston Martin’s DBS model line when the first cars are delivered to customers next year.
Double-bubble dome - and not by accident
A crucial theme of any Aston Martin Zagato is the double-bubble roof. Originally built to accommodate drivers and passengers/navigators who participated in road races and had to wear helmets, it has become an iconic styling symbol of all Aston Martin Zagato cars. With the DBS Zagato, Aston has ensured that the iconic double-bubble roof extends all the way back to the rear of the car, dramatically softening the overall front and rear profile.
You need a long hood, to home 12-cylinders
Mechanically, the DBS GT Zagato will remain true to its Superleggera roots. Aston Martin’s 5.2-liter turbocharged V12 is nestled beneath the impeccably styled DBS GT Zagato hood and it boasts 715hp of offers breathtaking performance. With an eight-speed automatic transmission sending all 715 horses to the rear wheels, it runs the 0-60mph benchmark in only 3.2 seconds. Top speed is even more impressive, rated at 211mph.
Heritage never ages
Building brand equity is a fleeting commodity and Aston Martin has a surplus of it. The quintessentially British sportscar company has decided to blend its traditional craftsmanship and modern engineering to offer an unprecedented package deal. By limiting the supply to only 19 paired DB4 GT Zagato and DBS cars, Aston Martin might just have set a precedent with its DBZ Centenary Collection. Not many brands who would like to emulate it will necessarily have the heritage to do so.