RE: Aston Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake spotted

RE: Aston Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake spotted

Wednesday 2nd January

Aston Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake spied

A prototype for the 99-run Zagato provides us a best-yet glimpse of its exterior



New year, new limited-run Aston Martin. Well, not entirely, because we've seen the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake before. But this January sighting of a prototype is the first to offer a proper glimpse of a real, non-CGI car's exterior. And what an exterior it is, mixing the pretty face of the Vanquish with the gorgeous lines of a shooting brake penned by Italians.

Aston's clearly not too bothered about hiding this car's identity, with the camo a simple wrap devoid of cladding. That being said, the roof's centre section of glass looks to have been covered, perhaps because this test car has been running around since before Aston put images of the model's sumptuous interior out last month.


Since then, we've known it'll feature Zagato-embossed tan leather and no shortage of carbon fibre. The material covers the extended rear deck and is used for the construction of a strengthening strut in the back to remind you this isn't your average big-boot estate, but rather a supercar that's taken on a rather different form.

On that subject, since the Zagato uses the base of the Vanquish, power comes from Aston's old 5.9-litre V12 engine with 600hp. It's long been superseded by the turbocharged 5.2-litre, but there's little doubt the use of natural aspiration from this older engine will only serve to boost the Zagato's appeal and - perhaps more importantly for the clientele interested in one - its long-term appreciation potential. Because let's face it, very few of the 99 shooting brakes planned for production are likely to see much mileage.


Following the Zagato Shooting Brake will be a run of just 28 Speedsters, which will be the end of the Vanquish Zagato family - the Coupes and Volantes already having been produced - and, ultimately, the end of this Vanquish era entirely. We'll next see the name when it adorns an all-new mid-engined supercar due at the start of the next decade...





[Images: S. Baldauf/S.B. Medien]

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E65Ross

Original Poster:

23,681 posts

160 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I think the back end looks hideous, it's incredibly fussy. The side profile is OK aside from the bit sticking out at the top of the hatch/boot. The front isn't bad at all, although I'm not a fan of the round lights in the grille.

Not that my opinion matters, mind hehe

Doofus

10,411 posts

121 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I think it looks fking stupid. AM blindly following Ferrari off the cliff of over-design, and plunging into the swirling abyss of badly dating aesthetics.

Nobody cares what I think either smile

Fittster

18,662 posts

161 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Will speculators be able to sell it on for a profit?

Cotty

34,387 posts

232 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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What is going on with the roof? Is there a glass panel running down the middle of it?

oilit

849 posts

126 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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i believe its a glass roof with some electronic trickery that changes its transparency for sun/heat protection - personally - i think the coloured roof makes the lines look very different - the black roof however is much neater imho at least see the two next to each other here ...





Edited by oilit on Wednesday 2nd January 14:22

baconsarney

9,190 posts

109 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Sadly, to me it looks like the love (or not) child of a Vanquish and an Evoque....

Gus265

174 posts

81 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Hideous and completely off the mark - not sure why anyone would want one except that its rare (but that doesn't mean its good!)

Seriously though - can you get anything in it anyway? The boot opening is tiny and it really doesn't look like there is much space?!

JulianHJ

8,138 posts

210 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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If I'd have seen the pictures without knowing what it was I would have assumed it was Kia or Hyundai's latest attempt to move upmarket.

vomit

Quickmoose

3,878 posts

71 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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PH, that camo'd thing isn't the best hint yet.... some Scottish bloke has picked up all 4 varying Zagato models, all in the same spec, and can be seen in all their glory(?) via Mr JWW's youtube channel. (even a 1 of 28 'speedster'....
The shooting brake for me is the least successful iteration.... there are some wonderful details, but the whole doesn't add up to the sum of it's parts.
A couple of stand out bits for me, regardless of model - potentially the last use of the NA V12, and there are no bumper shut lines...

Either way, an FF/GTC4Lusso knocks this for six imo.

scottygib553

198 posts

43 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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oilit said:


Edited by oilit on Wednesday 2nd January 14:22
Not like this..........not like this

TrickyTrevM5

297 posts

134 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Everything from the A pillar back is terrible.

Its like a mix of old-shape megan RS roofline plus the hind quarters of hyundai coupe thing with three doors from a few years ago - you know the one i mean.

Its got more scoops than mister whippy

I'll pass.

If i had the cash, it would be on the lovely little Alfa 8C which was featured earlier in December. A flawed but very beguiling little V8

0a

21,641 posts

142 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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The front end of a DB11, the back end of a Hyundai Veloster. Vile!

Hackney

5,586 posts

156 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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It's a Scirroco with an Aston grill isn't it?

Turbotechnic

589 posts

24 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I quite like it. boxedin

Boydie88

3,223 posts

97 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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0a said:
The front end of a DB11, the back end of a Hyundai Veloster. Vile!
Exactly what came to my mind. Seems a Veloster has rear ended a DB9.

I quite like the Veloster but the proportions of this look so wrong.

Edited by Boydie88 on Wednesday 2nd January 15:46

blue_haddock

368 posts

15 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Quickmoose said:
Either way, an FF/GTC4Lusso knocks this for six imo.
Yep if i was in the market the Ferrari FF is where my money would be going.

E65Ross

Original Poster:

23,681 posts

160 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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blue_haddock said:
Quickmoose said:
Either way, an FF/GTC4Lusso knocks this for six imo.
Yep if i was in the market the Ferrari FF is where my money would be going.
Definitely, I'd love a GTC4Lusso!

Panjy

93 posts

94 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I like it, although not in pink.
I get a feeling it's not going to have a very big boot though, which sort of defeats the whole point of the exercise.

FourWheelDrift

78,661 posts

232 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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One car that definitely needs reversing cameras.

mhurley

666 posts

81 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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A rich mans Ferrari FF