Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato Centenary teased
Aston Martin previously announced its plans to build a new continuation series of the iconic DB4 Zagato from the 1960s, with a corresponding bespoke version of the contemporary DBS Superleggera that would be sold along with it as a pair. This is our first look at the new model, which will go under the DBS GT Zagato nomenclature when it reaches its 19 lucky owners at the end of 2020, around a year after the corresponding DB4 Zagato continuation model.
They will be collectively sold at an eye-watering GBP 6million, plus local taxes, yet despite the sky-high price tag, it’s still GBP 3-4million less than an original DB4 GT Zagato on its own. Together, the pair will be known as the DBZ Centenary Collection, the exclusive duo commissioned to celebrate 100 years of Zagato, the last 58 of which it has enjoyed a close working relationship with Aston Martin.
Just 19 pairs will be built (Aston won’t sell the cars separately), with the DBS versions built in Gaydon and the DB4s assembled at the Aston Works facility in Newport Pagnell. As with the earlier DB4 GTs and the recently announced James Bond DB5 continuation cars, the DB4 GT Zagato will not be homologated for the road, meaning it’s limited to ‘track use only’. Unlike these machines, however, this isn’t the first time the Zagato has been treated to a rebirth. The original was built between 1960 and 1963, but there were two further batches of cars in 1988 and 2000, known as Sanction II and Sanction III versions respectively.
The latest DB4 GT Zagato will closely follow the template of the ’60s original, meaning it’ll get thin-gauge aluminium panels covering a lightweight tubular spaceframe chassis. While the early cars were powered by a 3.7-litre straight-six, expect the new car to get a modified version of the 4.2-litre unit borrowed from the DB4 GT continuation, especially given Aston’s claimed 380bhp power output. All cars will get a four-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential. Each car will also be treated to some subtle modern upgrades to improve reliability.
Thanks to new sketches, we now have a much clearer idea of what to expect of the modern DBS GT Zagato, somewhat mimicking the previous Vanquish Zagato models, but with a sleeker surfacing treatment and bolder graphics with motifs, such as the fold behind the front wheel, referencing the marque’s incoming mid-engined supercars such as the Valkyrie and AM-RB 003. The simple, open-mouth grille and cockpit-like glasshouse also reference both modern and historical elements of Zagato design, with the ever-present double-bubble roof now extending into a solid carbonfibre canopy, with no rear window. We expect new virtual rear-view mirror tech, such as on the recently released Evoque, to fix the issue of rearward visibility.
As mentioned above, the pair will reach their respective owners around one year apart – the DB4 Zagatos towards the end of this year, and the DBS GT Zagato 12 months later.