The Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Zagato duo is faster than the wind, passionate as sin
The future just had a rendezvous with the past: Aston Martin finally revealed the first of 19 DBZ Centenary Collections, a duo composed of a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and a DBS GT Zagato. The debut came at the Newport Concours in Audrain, Rhode Island.
The occasion for the celebration? The 100th year that Zagato has blessed our eyes with its gorgeous Italian coachbuilt designs. While the DBS GT Zagato is the most recent of Aston Martin’s collaborations with the renowned Italian design house, its Centenary Collection companion recalls one of the very first partnerships.
“Aston Martin’s elegance, class, and purity of style have always blended perfectly with our own rationalistic design language,” said Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato. “Zagato’s Centenary represents a bridge between the past and the future, strengthened by the shared vision for an innovative approach to collectibles, recently coupled in pairs and twins with the aim to reach new standards of exclusivity in the world.”
The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, unveiled this June, resurrects the memory of Aston Martin’s competitor to the 250 GTO and Jaguar E-type. While the DB4 GT lacked the podium presence of the Ferrari and Jag, the Zagato-bodied coupes more than held their own. DBS GT Zagatos continue to bewitch the eyes of collectors—and anyone else who admires them—since any of the 19 original DB4 GT Zagatos regularly notch above $10M at auction.
For well below the price of a DBS GT Zagato, however, you may now park two Zagato-adorned creations in your (presumably already extensive) garage. Plus local taxes and whatever drinks you choose to celebrate your purchase, £6M (or roughly $7.38M) will net you the DBZ Centenary Collection).
Not to mention a lot of red, if you opt for the DBS GT Zagato that graced the grounds of Audrain’s Newport Concours: Supernova Red on the outside, Caithness Spicy Red leather inside.
Choices will abound, however, for the 19 pairs available. Whether you opt for the predetermined color options or go to Q by Aston Martin to spec out your favorite iteration of BRG, Aston Martin will 3D-print carbon and metal interior finishes for your DBS GT Zagato. Gold or aluminum is up to you, but the time investment in the PVD-coated Gold Stainless Steel option is a particular point of pride for Aston. Printing takes nearly 100 hours, communicating the devotion to detail most associate with technologies of decades past. Aston Martin says its automotive application of 3D-printed tech to carbon and metal is a world-first.
Another number that sets apart the centenary-spec DBS GT Zagatos is the weight—of gold, specifically, in the front and rear winged badges.
Aston Martin’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman calls the DBS GT Zagato “the modern expression of a timeless icon,” adding that Zagato has “taken the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaped it into something which retains its Aston Martin identity, yet expresses itself as only a Zagato can.”
What will remain the same, across the 19 “Centenary Specification” DBS GT Zagatos, is the twin-turbo V-12 boosted to 760 horsepower—up from the DBS Superleggera on which it is based, which growls out 715 hp. We doubt any owner will get tired of listening to that background noise—but the opening scales of the DBS GT Zagato’s grille would definitely distract us for a few minutes before hitting the road.
Aston Martin calls this venting feature “active”—we’re reaching for “shark-like.”
The DBS GT Zagato might be more great-white style—the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation owes more to the stealthy curves of a nurse shark. Either way, these cars hunt for speed in sleek style, and collectors will be sure to keep a wary eye on the exclusive 19 pairs—while the rest of us admire from a safe, if envious, distance.