RE: Aston reveals DBZ Collection in new images

RE: Aston reveals DBZ Collection in new images

Tuesday 9th July

Aston reveals DBZ Collection in new images

First look at the DBS GT Zagato that 19 owners will soon receive...



Aston Martin has given us a first clear look at its upcoming DBZ Centenary Collection in new renders released today. Comprised of the DB4 GT Zagato continuation and new DBS GT Zagato, each pair is set to cost 19 lucky owners a whopping six million pounds but had, until now, remained under wraps. Well, not the DB4, obviously; that car will look exactly the same as the original on which it is based - which is to say absolutely stunning. Despite being set for production next year, however, the DBS GT Zagato had only been represented by some rather conceptual sketches before today.

The car debuted in these new, photorealistic renders is perhaps not helped by its gaudy colour scheme, but seems to appear a little narrower and taller than the low, sleek machine previously depicted. From the rear it's very much as you were with the Vanquish Zagato - no bad thing - while the front has received an even healthier dose of the Zagato treatment, an enormous grille, reshaped headlights and new bonnet vent being the most immediately apparent changes.


The re-design is "inspired by the voluptuous shapes that previously dressed the original DB4 GT Zagato", says Aston, declaring it "an unequivocal statement of luxury, exclusivity and purity". To that end the grille is not merely gigantic, but 'dynamic' too; when stationary, each of the 108 individual diamond-shaped carbon fibre segments will close, remaining flush with the car's exterior. Upon start-up, however, they will appear to "flutter into life", each piece opening to allow the car's twin-turbo V12 to breathe.

Inside, meanwhile, a camera-based rear view mirror allows for a full-length carbon fibre roof; the single, continuous piece of carbon fibre covering the area where the rear window would traditionally be found for a more flowing, organic look.

Aston's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said of the design: "This is a car that is not only focused around beauty, but drama too. Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it's resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers".

He continued: "Form and function are constantly in battle with one another, but this is a great example of where we have been able to utilise modern technologies to ensure no concession has been made on either side. It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato and I feel that we have achieved that with this model and I can't wait to see it in the metal".


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Vee12V

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802 posts

103 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Looks positively terrible indeed.

EliseKSK

18 posts

96 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Only seen in drawings? What about the four running up Goodwood hill, twice a day all last weekend?
A coupe, a cabriolet, a speedster and a shooting brake - all in the same colour.

EliseKSK

18 posts

96 months

Tuesday 9th July
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EliseKSK

18 posts

96 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Macboy

421 posts

148 months

Tuesday 9th July
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EliseKSK said:
Only seen in drawings? What about the four running up Goodwood hill, twice a day all last weekend?
A coupe, a cabriolet, a speedster and a shooting brake - all in the same colour.
Not the same cars. The "new" car is a DBS GT and the other four are off the older Vanquish. The new car is the BOGOF special with the DB4 GT replica (I can't bring myself to say continuation with the way AM are whoring their way through their back catalogue).

The new one is slightly less hideous than the Shooting Brake but they are are all, to my eye, universally terrible. Bravo to the guy who owns the full set but these are far and away some of the ugliest Aston specials (and I include the Virage and Lagonda Shooting Brakes in that)
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Cheib

16,422 posts

118 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Feels like it’s a bit to irresistable to churn out these limited editions....that can’t be good for the brand in the long run.

T1berious

1,152 posts

98 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Gopping.

That is all.

swisstoni

7,771 posts

222 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Billionaire bait.

Bob Dong

2,107 posts

105 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Yikes

EliseKSK

18 posts

96 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Unfortunately Zagato seem to be good at taking decent cars and making them just a bit st.
On the cricket pitch at FoS this weekend, there was a display of Bentleys. This included a 2006 Zagato-bodied Continental. Apparently it cost £500k and only the headlights were retained externally.
I couldn't even bring myself to photograph it!!

PistonTim

62 posts

82 months

Tuesday 9th July
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More than a hint of Mazda MX5 ND about that!

phazon

7 posts

130 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Macboy said:
Not the same cars. The "new" car is a DBS GT and the other four are off the older Vanquish. The new car is the BOGOF special with the DB4 GT replica (I can't bring myself to say continuation with the way AM are whoring their way through their back catalogue).

The new one is slightly less hideous than the Shooting Brake but they are are all, to my eye, universally terrible. Bravo to the guy who owns the full set but these are far and away some of the ugliest Aston specials (and I include the Virage and Lagonda Shooting Brakes in that)
Absolutely spot on. Whoring is the only way to describe it. I cannot get my head around this continuation garbage, and the James Bond one is... well, words fail me

galro

643 posts

112 months

Tuesday 9th July
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EliseKSK said:
Unfortunately Zagato seem to be good at taking decent cars and making them just a bit st.
Is this made by Zagato? I thought these modern Zagato cars were designed and made in-house by Aston Martin with simply some "design guidance" by Zagato.

thundercolo

33 posts

115 months

Tuesday 9th July
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"It was important to me and our teams to deliver something as beautiful as the original DB4 GT Zagato and I feel that we have achieved that..."

He should be hanged for saying that.

Markintokyo

2 posts

Tuesday 9th July
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It is a bit 'gopping' and disjointed, at least as an image. It may have presence..

ducnick

922 posts

186 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Zagato were never particularly good at making pretty cars, the db4gt Zagato being a notable exception. Traditionally they made light and slippery cars. If you wanting pretty there were many other coachbuilders to fulfil your desires.
Then in the 70-90’s when coachbuilding fell out of favour, they managed to survive by whoring out the name to Alfa, Aston and Nissan , building doors and convertible seat for Maserati etc when most competitors went to the wall. Now in their renaissance it seems they have paired the business right back to producing short run stuff again for high value, so you have to hand it to them, they know how to keep going. There have never been more mega rich folks out there looking for individuality so I suspect Zagato are in a unique position to prosper.

Mr-B

2,047 posts

137 months

Tuesday 9th July
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"Our dynamic grille gives us an opportunity to provide the car with two very different identities. When parked, DBS GT Zagato will almost look like it's resting, but with the rear of the car still appearing muscular and primed for action. Only on start-up will the car truly become alert and ready to perform, delivering both an aural and visual treat for onlookers" WTF is he smoking? He needs a kick in the c0ck.

Europa1

8,302 posts

131 months

Tuesday 9th July
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The previous generation of Astons was graceful and understated. Their current range is too bling for my taste.

GranCab

1,496 posts

89 months

Tuesday 9th July
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I see this .....


Orchardab

74 posts

69 months

Tuesday 9th July
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Is someone at Aston tasked with massively taking the piss out of rich people??