And as per expectations, it’s breathtakingly pretty.
To celebrate 100-years of fabled Italian coach builder Zagato, they decided to create what’s been dubbed the DBZ Centenary Collection, which would comprise of two cars that would look back at Zagato’s past with Aston Martin, as well as into the future. The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation has already taken a long, nostalgic look into the years that have come and gone, and now it’s time for the DBS GT Zagato to launch our gaze into the future.
The nearly six-decade long relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato is one for the history books, with the cooperation resulting in some of the most beautiful and iconic vehicles of all time. The DB4 was a fabulous example of Gaydon and Milan coming together, and while we can still celebrate that today as one of history’s most recognisable shapes, the future demands its own design icons. To that end, they decided to make use of the most potent Aston in the range, the DBS Superleggera, and ‘dress’ it in a more appropriate physical form for grand touring. That new body is also inspired by the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, which is fitting, given as how the two cars will live together.
One of the most distinctive features we’re seeing here is the double-bubble roof, a design staple of Zagato-bodied Aston Martins for decades. Zagato also clarified that, in order to enhance the visual gravity of the roof as well as the wrap-around windscreen, the DBS GT Zagato would do without a rear windscreen “in favour of a purer roofline.”
They also talk at length about the “muscular rear haunches” and the “purposeful definition to the car’s profile” which, in all fairness, does make this one of the most striking new machines that also manage to retain a touch of elegance.
“In the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation we have one of the world’s most beautiful and instantly-recognisable 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. Both design teams at Aston Martin and Zagato have together risen to the task magnificently, taking the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaping something that expresses itself as only a Zagato can. Sensational-looking and extremely rare, it is the modern incarnation of a timeless icon.” – Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda
The DBS GT Zagato will be built to match the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, meaning only 19 will ever be produced as part of the £6-million DBZ Centenary Collection. The DB4 GT Zagatos will be delivered to customers in the fourth-quarter of this year, while the DBS GT Zagatos will only see the light of day in the fourth-quarter of next year.