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 |  Aug 26 2012, 2:01 PM

Aston Martin will be taking three of its top models on a ‘Power, Beauty, Soul’ tour which will stop at 27 different cities across nine countries. Accompanying the tour will be the British automaker’s Vanquish, V12 Zagato and V12 Vantage Roadster.

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 |  Jul 25 2012, 6:45 PM

Already a limited edition model, the upcoming Aston Martin V12 Zagato will now be limited from the former 150-unit production run to only 101 cars.

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 |  Feb 15 2012, 7:04 PM

Zagato, it’s a name synonymous with style, grace and power. The double-bubble roof screams sex appeal and spy-like mystery that captures imaginations faster than flipping a light switch.

That’s why we were so excited last week when images leaked of the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato, scheduled to make its public debut at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance. Well, who likes waiting anyway? The good news is, there’s a new video available today that showcases the V12 Zagato running down a road, engine roaring.

The 150-unit-limited beast is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine capable of 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, pushing from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Of course this, perhaps more than many other exotics, is reserved for the wealthiest connoisseurs with a roughly $520,000 price tag.

It’s true that there are plenty of cars out there capable of more power, higher speeds and crazier shenanigans for a lot less coin, but with far less style, monsieur.

Watch the video and drink in the exhaust note after the jump.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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 |  Feb 08 2012, 10:30 AM

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We already knew that the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was scheduled to make its public debut at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, but that didn’t stop the Internet from finding a PDF ahead of time revealing the supercar in all its glory.

The new V12 Zagato will be available in coupe form only and will be made exclusively for just 150 lucky owners. The exotic will be hand crafted at the British automaker’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK and is expected to make its first deliveries later this year.

Detailed in the PDF leak includes a full spec sheet of the V12 Zagato including the 6.0L V12 powerplant with 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. According to Aston Martin, it’ll hit 62-mph in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 190-mph. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The vehicle will also feature four unique Zagato exterior paint schemes and will come with 19-inch wheels unique to the vehicle. More exciting in the leak are photos of the interior which shows off the custom hand-stitching, plenty of carbon fiber and the lightweight seats with six-way adjustment.

Pricing on the Zagato is extravagant as well with it sitting at around $520,000 based on today’s conversion rates (£330,000).

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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[Source: Aston Martin PDF via Motor Authority]

 |  Jan 27 2012, 9:45 AM

First displayed in prototype form at the Villa D’Este Concours d’Elegance on the shores of Lake Como, Italy last year,  the production version of Aston’s hallowed V12 Zagato is now ready to make its premiere, at a similar type of event, though in a rather different setting; Kuwait City.

The Kuwait Concours d’Elegance is the only event of its kind in the Middle East region and this year is being supported by Premier International Motors Group, Aston Martin’s dealer partner in Kuwait.

“We are excited to show the new V12 Zagato for the first time in production form at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance,” declared Aston’s CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez, “Over 50 years since the introduction of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato have collaborated to create this modern interpretation which remains true to the original focus of craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.”

Only 150 examples of the new V12 Zagato will be built, each hand crafted at Aston’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK, with the first deliveries slated for late this year. The Zagato, although based on the V12 Vantage, features Aston’s most bonded aluminum structure ever, incorporating carbon fiber in its construction to help save weight; along with a bespoke interior.

Powered by a 510 hp 6.0-liter V12, the car retails for £330,000 before taxes ($518,266 US) and alongside its hallowed DB4GT predecessor (built from 1959-63) will likely rank as one of the most desirable Astons of all time (original DB4GT Zagatos tend to trade hands for around $1.5 to $2 million today).

And, in perhaps a fitting ceremony for introducing the new Zagato, a number of classic Astons from private collections around the world will be on display at this year’s Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, with, appropriately, an original DB4GT Zagato among them.

 |  Aug 25 2011, 9:00 AM

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The stunning love child of Aston Martin and the Zagato design house will officially be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, with both existing examples of the car taking center stage at the British automaker’s stand.

With the announcement, Aston Martin has also now officially confirmed it will build just 150 versions of the car, priced at £330,000 (or roughly $540,000). In celebration of 50 years since the original tie-up between Aston Martin and Zgato, the modified V12 Vantage uses a hand crafted carbon fiber and aluminum body and is powered by a 510-hp 5.9-liter V12 engine.

The two cars (Zig and Zag) will both be on display in Frankfurt after campaigning at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race. “Zig” will showcase the full race car aerodynamics package, while “Zag” has been converted back to something more closely resembling the production road car.

Joining the two Zagato cars on the stand in Frankfurt will be the new Vantage S, the Virage and the One-77 supercar.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato in Monterey

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 |  Aug 20 2011, 9:27 PM

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First unveiled at the Concorso Villa d’Este, Aston Martin gave its first North American viewing of the custom V12 Zagato at a private event just outside Monterey, as a part of the week long Pebble Beach festivities.

The bespoke exotic is the latest in a long line of collaborations between the classic Italian design house and the British automaker. It might also be the best looking. While still a genuine Zagato, the firm’s often excessively classical design cues have been traded in for some more 21st century style. In particular are the stunning 20-inch wheels. The rounded front and pointed rear are true Zagato traits, integrating some very functional aerodynamics for the race track. In fact, this is the very car Aston Martin competed with at the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race. And yes… it’s had a bit of a touch up since then.

Based on the V12 Vantage model, like that car the Zagato version makes 510-hp!

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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See video fo the V12 Zgato after the jump:

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 |  Jul 07 2011, 2:00 PM

Aston Martin’s mighty, magnificent V12 Zagato comes with a $525,000 price tag—a bargain, if there ever was one.

After all, you’d have to pay three times as much for the even mightier Aston Martin One-77, and even more for the time machine you’d need to use to go back to 2010 and get on the waiting list, before all 77 snatched up. No word on how many Zagatos will be built, but Aston says it is on “a strictly first-come first-served basis.” Hey you keep buying them, and they’ll keep building them.

And they’ll start building them next year in Aston’s home of Gaydon, for the car that CEO Ulrich Bez calls “the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of Aston Martin.” It will be based on the V12 Vantage, and for some will serve as a perfect dinghy to their Rapide. Call it an escape pod if you like.

[Source: Inside Line]