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Aston Martin's Vanquish Zagato is Here And It Looks Amazing

By Carlo de Lacy , May 21, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

British automaker Aston Martin has just announced the details of its latest supercar, the Vanquish Zagato Concept.

Already hailed by Bloomberg as "the most beautiful car of the year", the Vanquish Zagato Concept is a joint effort between the carmaker giant and Italian design house Zagato, which has been in close collaboration for over five decades, their first being the DB4 GT Zagato in 1960. This will be their first supercar out since V12 Vantage Zagato in 2013. The supercar is designed by the Aston Martin design team, led by Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato, and is developed and engineered at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, England.

Cardekho describes the Vanquish Zagato Concept's aesthetics as "unmistakably Aston Martin", The new bodywork is said to be made entirely from carbon fiber. The interior is also decked out with herringbone-patterned carbon fiber blended with anodized bronze and aniline leather, with the unique "Z" quilt stitched on the headrests and center console.

Bloomberg said that the new Aston Martin combines all the best features of the other Aston Martin models. The lights and round tail reflectors are a staple Zagato design, but with a modern twist with the addition of "bladed" LED Lights, which debuted on the Aston Martin Vulcan. Other Zagato trademarks present on this year's supercar are the twin-bubble roof, reminiscent of the 1950 Zagato models, and the wraparound windshield profile, similar to the V12 Zagato, and the grille and headlamps stay true to the Aston Martin design. The mirrors resemble the winglike mirrors of the One-77 Aston.

Performance wise, The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato will not disappoint diehard auto enthusiasts, with the V12 engine, described by Cardekho as "an old-school beast", uprated to produce an amazing 600PS.

"Over the years, we have developed and refined our own design language and we have always gone that little bit further with our special series cars like CC-100, One-77 and Aston Martin Vulcan," Reichman said in an official press release. "The Vanquish Zagato Concept shows how our two companies can come together and push the definition of Aston Martin design."

"We pride ourselves on our strong partnership and the creation of the Vanquish Zagato Concept was a true shared experience," Zagato added, "it represents the essence of an important design relationship that dates back over fifty years."

The Vanquish Zagato Concept will be making its debut at the highly distinguished Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, to be held at Lake Como in Italy from 21-22 of May.

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