Aston Martin has confirmed the production of a Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible model.
Making the announcement at the unveiling of the Vanquish Zagato Coupe model at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the US - Aston Martin says the Volante’s production was driven by ‘overwhelming customer interest’ for the previously revealed Coupe.
Built to a limited production run of 99 models at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, the Vanquish Zagato Volante is the latest creation from a collaboration that reaches back over nearly six decades, beginning with the DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960, and including the DB7 Vantage Zagato of 2002 as well as 2011’s V12 Vantage Zagato. Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles have included the V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987 and the DB AR1 in 2003.
The Vanquish Zagato Volante will be a powerful addition, embodying Aston Martin's refinement and capabilities, as well as Zagato's design details. Both Coupe and convertibles share an enhanced version of the V12 powertrain, increasing its output to 592bhp with a projected 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.
The Vanquish Zagato Volante also shares its proportions with the Coupe, evoked by round tail light reflectors that use the same 'bladed' LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fibre sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.
“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasised the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasise the car’s sculpted rear haunches,” says Aston Martin’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman.
Inside the Vanquish Zagato Volante, the specialist 'Q' division at Gaydon adds further personalisation and enhancement to a cabin finished with ‘rich and highly luxurious materials’ including herringbone carbon-fibre, anodised bronze detailing and plenty of 'Bridge of Weir' leather. The Volante includes the unique signature ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch on both seat and door sections, as well as the trademark Zagato ‘Z’ embossed on the headrests and stitched into the centre console.
“The Vanquish Zagato Volante illustrates the ways in which Aston Martin design can evolve in collaboration with such a trusted and long-standing partner," says Reichman. “Vanquish Zagato Volante continues Aston Martin's new century of innovation and creativity, strengthening the association between these great automotive marques in the process."