Yaratıcılık ve çarpıcılığın son yarım yüzyıldaki en başarılı örneği Zagato serisi, V12 Zagato ile 50. Yılını kutluyor.
Aston Martin, geçtiğimiz yaz aylarında tanıtımını yaptığı V12 Zagato yol otomobilinin detaylarını paylaştı. 150 adetle sınırlı koleksiyon Aston Martin’in Vantage yelpazesinin zirvesi olarak tanımlanıyor. Otomobilin kaputu, tavanı ve kapıları alüminyumdan imal edilirken; çamurluklar, kapı eşikleri ve bagaj kapağının çevresi karbon fiberden yapılmış.
İç kısım, kabin yarı anilin deri koltuklar, karbon fiber trim ve parlak siyah kaplamalar barındırıyor. Koltuklar, kapılar ve tavan döşemesinde Zagato armaları ve elle dikilmiş bir örgü deseni bulunuyor.
Modelin 6,0 litrelik V12 motoru 517 beygir güç ve 570 Nm tork üretiyor. 4.385 mm boyunda olan otomobil 2.022 mm genişliğe, 1.250 mm yüksekliğe ve 2.600 mm aks mesafesine sahip. Yaklaşık 1.680 kg ağırlığında olan aracın bagaj hacmi 300 litre. Oldukça etkileyici bir fren sistemine sahip olan aracın karbon seramik diskler önde 398, arkadaysa 360 mm çapa sahip. Ön aksta 6, arkadaysa 4 pistonlu kaliperlere sahip olan sisteme dinamik denge kontrolü, ABS, EBD, EBA ve çekiş kontrol sistemi de eklenmiş.
- Production V12 Zagato set for European debut at Geneva Salon International 2012
- Created using materials, processes and technology pioneered on the One-77
- Body panels blend hand-formed aluminium with high-tech carbon fibre
- Production to commence Q3 2012, first deliveries Q4 2012
- Strictly limited to a maximum of 150 cars
- On sale now priced at £330,000 (plus local taxes)
9 February 2012, Gaydon: With the final design signed-off and engineering development work progressing apace, Aston Martin today reveals the first images of the new V12 Zagato (road car) scheduled for production later this year.
The V12 Zagato is the pinnacle of the Vantage range. It is also the latest expression of a successful creative collaboration that has given rise to a series of striking GT cars over the last half-century, the original and most iconic of which being the DB4GT Zagato. Not only does this masterpiece rank amongst the most desirable, collectable and valuable cars in history, its 50th anniversary provided the inspiration for the V12 Zagato.
Though commemorating a great Aston Martin of the past the V12 Zagato could be no mere pastiche of the original. Instead the project was seen as the perfect opportunity to take Aston Martin’s ethos of technology and tradition to a new and exciting level. To this end the V12 Zagato combines the modern ideas, materials, processes and technology pioneered on One-77, while remaining true to the purity and craftsmanship of its illustrious forebear.
For Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V12 Zagato is “a celebration of both Aston Martin’s heritage and its future”. He continues: “Our relationship with Zagato stretches back more than 50 years. Together in that time we have created a series of very special cars. The first – the DB4GT Zagato – is a true icon: fast, beautiful and incredibly desirable. In the V12 Zagato I believe we have captured the spirit of that car and combined it with a confident twist of modernity to give it a character all of its own.”
Initial design concepts for the V12 Zagato were explored in early 2010. Inspired by Zagato’s bold and individual styling signatures Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, and his Gaydon-based design team relished the challenge of shaping the V12 Zagato, creating a car that pushes the boundaries of Aston Martin’s design language, yet pays tribute to the DB4GT Zagato. Demonstrating Aston Martin’s ability to rapidly bring ideas to fruition the Zagato programme quickly gained momentum, the design team working hand-in-hand with engineers and artisans to complete the build of a pair of concept cars in the spring of 2011.
May 2011 saw the V12 Zagato make its world debut at the prestigious Villa d’Este concours. Entered in the Concept Cars and Prototypes class, the V12 Zagato wowed the judges and the crowd, taking first place against impressive opposition. In June the Villa d’Este winner – along with the second prototype car – made the V12 Zagato’s world racing debut at the gruelling 24 hour endurance race held at the Nürburgring. Both cars completed the ultimate durability test, continuing Aston Martin’s 100 per cent finishing record in this notoriously tough race.
After an overwhelmingly positive response from customers, the decision was made in July 2011 to build a strictly limited run of V12 Zagatos. Since then, Aston Martin’s design team have worked to refine the sports car’s detailing and aerodynamic performance while staying faithful to the original design concept. At the same time engineers based at Gaydon have been putting prototypes through the company’s rigorous development programme to ensure the V12 Zagato performs as well as it looks.
Every Aston Martin is a unique combination of advanced materials, technology and time-honoured craftsmanship. The V12 Zagato takes this philosophy to a level previously seen in the company’s exquisite One-77 supercar, which completes its build run this year. Built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, production of the V12 Zagato will be strictly limited to no more than 150 cars.
Creating each V12 Zagato is a painstaking process that takes approximately 2,000 man-hours to complete. Just like the One-77, the V12 Zagato is constructed from a combination of hand crafted aluminium and carbon fibre. The bonnet, signature ‘double-bubble’ roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminium, while the front and rear fenders, door sills and boot lid surround are made from carbon fibre.