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The Aston Martin V12 Zagato Unveiled

Aston Martin V12 ZagatoThe sublime new “Aston Martin V12 Zagato (2011)” was unveiled a few weeks ago on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Villa D’Este Concours. By the end of the weekend the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato walked away with the prestigious award for the “Concorso d’Eleganza” (concours d’elegance) Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes.

The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato was designed to mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary iconic “1961 DB4 GT Zagato” which set the benchmark for hand crafted design in luxury sports cars. It follows in the historical heritage of the collaboration of both Aston Martin and designers Zagato in the quest for designing and producing driving excellence. The Italian design house Zagato are well known for their “avant-garde” styling, together with their weight saving approaches using space age materials as well as sleek design line to improve aerodynamics.

Zagato as a design company have collaborated together with Aston Martin on many special models together over the years as well as other “Grand Marque” sports car company’s like; Bentley, Maserati, Ferrari, Jaguar, and Lamborghini to name a few, so it is good to see them back together for their latest exotic sports car offering. After its unveiling at the Villa D’Este Concours, the Aston Martin Zagato will be heading for Germany to the formidable “Nürburgring Nordschleife” race circuit to compete in the annual “24-hour Nurburgring Endurance Race” which is set for the 25th June.

The 24-hour Nurburgring race will feature two AM V12 Zagato’s both driven by experienced racing drivers and supported by the Aston Martin Works team. The Nurburgring has always been a true testing ground for Aston Martin and this year’s race will be no different. The AM V12 Zagato will take on two forms, the road going luxury sports car and the stripped down race finish model purely for racing elite and money no object race teams. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin VanquishAn Aston Martin for sale attracts attention not only from the biggest car enthusiasts but from practically anyone who might recognize the luxurious style made even more famous by various James Bond films throughout the years. Aston Martin has long been recognized as one of the best car makers throughout the world, owing to its ability to deliver on their promise of designing and creating powerful yet sophisticated automobiles since 1913. One of the brand’s more recent achievements is their creation of the Aston Martin Vanquish.

Aston’s line of GT cars have always enjoyed an overwhelming reception since the release of the first DB car in the 1940′s. Vanquish cars were built throughout six years from 2001 and were popularized by their inclusion in the James Bond film of 2002, “Die Another Day”. The exposure gained from that film catapulted the model to being chosen as one of the best film cars of all time and for adequate reason. Its use of the same technology as that of the Project Vantage concept car meant that every Vanquish was built to run on a 5.9 L V12 engine which performed at 454 bhp. Another version that came out in 2004, the Aston Martin Vanquish S was of an even better make as it was fitted with a 6.0L V12, cranking out over 500 bhp at 7,000 rpm.

Between mid-2006 to mid-2007, only 40 more of the said model were going to be made and then released as the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition. With much better interiors and an “ultimate black” finish, those last cars were the first of all the Vanquish cars to be fitted with gearboxes for manual transmission. Before handing over the title to the DBS V12, the Aston Martin Vanquish was the company’s flagship automobile and to this day remains as one of the most coveted sports cars in recent history.

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