Zagato is celebrating its Centenary this year. The world-renowned Italian design house has made many significant contributions to the design world over that period and collaborated with a number of companies, including Aston Martin. And today, the Brish super-luxury sportscar maker released the first detailed renderings of the new DBS GT Zagato; the second half of the DBZ Centenary Collection.
Created to celebrate the centenary of the legendary Zagato signature, the DBZ Centenary Collection is a unique project that pays tribute to an icon of the past – namely the incredible DB4 Zagato designed by Ercole Spada, which the company is recreating – but also aims to create a classic of the future. The collaboration extends a remarkable creative partnership spanning almost 60 years; one that has consistently generated bold and breathtakingly exciting designs, the latest of which being the DBS GT Zagato.
Taking Aston Martin’s most potent series production car – the acclaimed DBS Superleggera – as its starting point, the DBS GT Zagato embodies the next evolution in Aston Martin Zagato design language. Inspired by the voluptuous shapes that previously dressed the original DB4 GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato designers have worked hard to conjure a similarly evocative design language.
A key design feature remains the iconic double-bubble roof. Stretching the full length of the canopy, this fresh interpretation delivers a clean and sculptural form that flows from the top of the front windshield to the car’s rearmost tip, discarding the traditional rear windscreen in favor of a purer roofline. The double-bubble theme continues frontwards across the car’s hood, reminiscent of the shape and form seen on original Aston Martin Zagato designs. These flowing curves are complemented by the model’s wide wrap-around windshieled, removing any hard lines above the car’s shoulder line.
Muscular rear haunches deliver powerful and purposeful definition to the car’s side profile, while a unique wheel design, headlamps and a striking front grille – a key feature for all Aston Martin Zagato designs – continue to deliver a modern twist on the DB4 GT Zagato’s classic form.
“In the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation we have one of the world’s most beautiful and instantly recognizable pieces of car design. Creating a car fit to stand alongside it was always going to be a formidable challenge, but also a great motivation,” says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Lagonda’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. “Both design teams at Aston Martin and Zagato have together risen to the task magnificently; taking the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaping something which retains its identity as an Aston Martin, but expresses itself as only a Zagato can. Sensational-looking and extremely rare, it is the modern incarnation of a timeless icon.”
Paired to the
build run of 19 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations, the DBS GT Zagato will only be available
as part of the £6m (plus taxes) DBZ Centenary Collection, thereby becoming one
of the rarest and most coveted of all the modern-era Aston Martin Zagatos.
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