Aston Martin and Zagato celebrate 70th anniversary early with DBS GT


Neither Zagato nor Aston Martin is saying how the companies tuned the V-12 engine to produce that power, however, according to The Drive's editors' own experience with the auto, we'd be surprised that either did anything but change the super grand tourer's engine tune.

Aston Martin has finally revealed the DBS GT Zagato along with the DB4 GT Zagato continuation as a part of their ultra-exclusive DBZ Centenary Collection.

As its name implies, the modern auto is based on the Aston Martin DBS and created in partnership with Italian coachbuilder Zagato, and it has a completely modern design that takes inspiration from the DB4 GT Zagato of yore.

It makes its debut at Audrain's Newport Concours in the United States.

Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer Marek Reichman said: "The design studio at Aston Martin has risen to the task magnificently, working alongside Zagato".

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The vehicle features what Aston Martin claims is the "first automotive application of configurable carbon and metal 3D-printed interior finishes". Even though pricing starts from £6 million ($10.9 million) plus taxes, all 19 are already spoken for. This being a Zagato product, there is of course that double-bubble roof, too. These models are built at Aston Martin Works, with the aim of combining craftmanship with more modern technology.

Based on the DBS Superleggera, the DBS GT Zagato is heavily reworked by the Italian coachbuilder, Zagato.

Under the bonnet the DBS GT Zagato has a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 cranking out 567kW of power, which is a significant step up from the 533kW available in the DBS Superleggera.

A "saddle" design in the middle can be had in three finishes - printed carbon, aluminium, or Gold PVD (physical vapour deposition; as part of the Centenary Specification). The outside badges and emblems are made from 18-carat solid gold. Performance figures have not been disclosed.

"Q by Aston Martin" will take care of the customisation.