Auto News

AutoGuide News Blog


The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
 |  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.

Continue Reading…

 |  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

02-aston-v12zagato.jpg03-aston-v12zagato.jpg04-aston-v12zagato.jpgaston-martin-unveils-awesome-coachbuilt-v12-zagato-35513_1.jpgAston Martin V12 Zagato 01.jpgAston Martin V12 Zagato 02.jpg

Continue Reading…

 |  Feb 08 2012, 10:30 AM

aston-martin-zagato-details-10.jpg

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

aston-martin-zagato-details-1.jpgaston-martin-zagato-details-2.jpgaston-martin-zagato-details-3.jpgaston-martin-zagato-details-4.jpgaston-martin-zagato-details-5.jpgaston-martin-zagato-details-6.jpg

[Source: Aston Martin PDF via Motor Authority]

 |  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]

 |  Jul 02 2011, 9:00 AM

aston-martin-unveils-awesome-coachbuilt-v12-zagato-35513_1.jpg

When Aston Martin first unvieled the V12 Zagato coupe at the recent Villa d’Este concours event, the British exotic car manufacturer said this is just to celebrate the relationship between them and coachbuilder Zagato. They went onto say that just a racing version will be produced to take part in numerous endurance racing events this year.

Sure, the racing version did come out to play at the Nurburgring 24-hour race recently, but now a street version is being prepared for consumer consumption.

Aston Martin has been denying such rumors, however the Zagato was just added in the model line-up of their website, and even stresses that “Only a strictly limited run of road going cars will be built.”

While Aston Martin has not sent out an official press release on the road-going V12 Zagato, expect some official news to come very soon indeed. So if you want one, you better start saving up, limited run exotics aren’t known for being affordable.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato

02-aston-v12zagato.jpg03-aston-v12zagato.jpgaston-martin-unveils-awesome-coachbuilt-v12-zagato-35513_2.jpg08-aston-v12zagato.jpg06-aston-v12zagato.jpg10-aston-v12zagato.jpg

[Source: Autocar]

 |  May 11 2011, 9:39 AM

Aston Martin and Zagato have quite a history together. They first collaborated back in 1961, which resulted in the highly desirable DB4GT Zagato. Only 25 of these were ever made.

The two companies came together once again in 1986, which resulted in the V8 Vantage Zagato, later followed by the V8 Volante Zagato. Both these cars were built in very limited numbers (52 coupes and 37 convertibles) and are hence continually appreciating.

Most recently, Aston Martin and Zagato did two versions of the DB7, a Zagato coupe and the DB AR1 roadster. Both cars were made in a limited number of just 99-units, the latter was solely marketed to the sunny Florida and California markets. Every single example of these limited edition cars have found homes and still have collectors chasing after them.

Now Aston Martin wants to repeat the successes of this partnership once again, and what better occasion than on the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato.

Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The DNA of both Aston Martin and Zagato has combined successfully to make some of the world’s most desirable collector cars in the past and in this special anniversary year of the DB4GT Zagato it is appropriate to explore a modern collaboration.”

“Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”

The new model, the name for which has not been released yet, will be unveiled on May 21st, at the Villa d’Este concours event, which is held annually at Lake Como in Italy.