Geneva 2012: Aston Martin Vantage and Zagato


Aston Martin's Geneva show stand centres around the revised Vantage range, topped-off by the show debut of the production version of the V12-powered Vantage Zagato, of which 150 units will be made and sold at a whisker below £400,000 once you add in all the various taxes.


By comparison the 'base' V8 Vantage seems a positive bargain at £84,995.

Treated to the biggest update since 2008, the 'basic' Vantage gets a raft of tweaks inspired by its more focused 'S' cousin.

The 4.7-litre 426hp V8 and six-speed manual are still there, but the six-speed Sportshift automated manual is now replaced by the seven-speed Sportshift II from the Vantage S. The Vantage's chassis also gets quicker steering (15:1 compared to 17:1), bigger brakes (380mm two-piece ventilated cast-iron front discs and six piston calipers as well as hill-start assist) and wider tyres.


There are visual tweaks, too, including a lower bumper - complete with an aerodynamic splitter - that houses a larger air intake. At the rear there's a new (working) diffuser and what Aston calls 'race-derived' side sills.

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  • MrTappets 07 Mar 2012

    Why is it cars always get bodykits over their lifespan, even designs famous for being graceful and unadorned? And I can't help feeling that, lovely though they are, the Zagato and One-77 are each worth about half what they're priced at.

  • LamboFan 07 Mar 2012

    MrTappets said:
    Why is it cars always get bodykits over their lifespan, even designs famous for being graceful and unadorned? And I can't help feeling that, lovely though they are, the Zagato and One-77 are each worth about half what they're priced at.
    I kind of agree on the price, but I guess that's what you have to pay to join an exclusive club such as the Zagato owners will be.

    I know it's not quite the same league but look at the Lotus Elise S1 and S1 Exige, the S1 Exige which was produced in very low numbers compared to the S1 Elise and still carries high residuals compared to similar aged Elises.

    That's Life as they say smile

    Have to say though, the Zagato is simply stunning bow

  • Don1 07 Mar 2012

    That Zagato is the one thing that would tempt me out of my Sagaris.

  • Zod 07 Mar 2012

    MrTappets said:
    Why is it cars always get bodykits over their lifespan, even designs famous for being graceful and unadorned? And I can't help feeling that, lovely though they are, the Zagato and One-77 are each worth about half what they're priced at.
    They're worth what people will pay and that's the full price in each case.

  • tommy vercetti 07 Mar 2012

    Boring

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