Top 10: Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato facts

Aston Martin's latest road car is the Vanquish Zagato. Named after the Italian carrozzerie that helped to design it, wealthy collectors will be the majority of customers.

Here are ten other things to know about this ultra-exclusive model:

1. The two companies have collaborated before

Four times in fact, starting with the DB4 GT Zagato racing car of 1960. Since then, the V8 Vantage Zagato arrived in 1986, followed by the DB7 Vantage Zagato and V12 Vantage Zagato in 2002 and 2011 respectively.

2. Deciding to make a production version didn't take long

A concept debuted at last month's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy. Aston Martin was clearly very satisfied with its reception.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept (2016) Front Side

3. Manufacturing will take place in the UK

Zagato's involvement doesn't extend to assembling the cars, so they'll be built at the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon.

4. Rarity is assured

Just 99 examples of the Vanquish Zagato are going to exist.

5. Naturally, the price is high

Aston Martin hasn't published a figure, but the cost per unit is estimated to be around £500,000 (roughly €652,000 or US$739,000 at current exchange rates). By comparison, a regular Vanquish is 'only' £200,100.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept (2016) Rear SideAston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept (2016) Front

6. There's bad news if you want to place an order

Despite such a hefty premium, rumours suggest that every Vanquish Zagato has already found a buyer.

7. Classic styling cues are used

The coupĂ© proportions – which are typically Aston Martin – have been enlivened by a distinctive wraparound glasshouse, a retractable spoiler and prominent door sills. Quintessential Zagato touches include a 'double bubble' roof and circular rear light clusters.

8. Exotic materials feature

All of the bodywork is made from carbon fibre. As well as strength and lightness, another advantage of this construction method is fewer panel joins. Carbon fibre trim also appears in the cabin, along with anodised bronze.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept (2016) RearAston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept (2016) Interior

9. The engine has been upgraded

A standard Vanquish is powered by a 568 bhp (424 kW / 576 PS) 6.0 litre V12 engine. For the Vanquish Zagato that output has been increased to 592 bhp (441 kW / 600 PS), thereby reducing the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time from 3.6 to 3.5 seconds. Furthermore, the suspension set-up has been specially recalibrated.

10. Deliveries begin next year

According to Aston Martin, the first cars should be completed during the first quarter of 2017.

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