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To celebrate 50 year since the first partnership between Aston Martin and Italian coachbuilder Zagato, the duo have now revealed the V12 Zagato which will go on display at the upcoming Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza.
Based on the V12 Vantage the the car uses the same 5.9-liter engine and makes 510-hp. The body has been entirely reworked by Zagato with all new aluminum body panels and plenty of trademark Zagato design cues.
“The task for us has been to create a concept that is a natural successor to those iconic cars that have gone before,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. “Matching the technology of the age with the traditional skills vital to deliver such a bespoke and exclusive sports car will lead to a strictly limited run of road going V12 Zagatos.”
In addition to those few street cars, Aston Martin is also preparing a racing version of the ultra-rare exotic and will even compete with it in the Nurburgring 24 hour race on June 25th.
The V12 Zagato will get its first public showing at the Villa d’Este Concours on May 20th, alongside other rare one-offs like the Ferrari Superamerica 45.
GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato
In a world where there’s something for everyone, German tuner Graf Weckerle has introduced its extravagant tuning package for Aston Martin‘s V8 Vantage. The end result is definitely not our cup of tea, but we admit the German tuner does have a way of doing something very unique.
Blending history and culture with Aston Martin’s modern design, this V8 Vantage was released in order to honor French champagne makers. Dubbed Blanc de Blancs, this particular Graf Weckerle project is named after the famous Chardonnay champagne. We’re not quite sure if those wheels would do any favors to any vehicle, but they’re definitely one-of-a-kind.
We’re also digging the unique spin they did on the photoshoot – can’t say we’ve ever seen anything like it before.
GALLERY: Graf Weckerle Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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We’re not quite sure what to make of this ‘coachbuilt’ Aston Martin Super Sport; especially its $9.6 million price tag. So what exactly does $9.6 million USD buy you? Read on!
This limited edition vehicle is apparently being built by Star Electric Cars based out of France. Until now Star Electric Cars was better known for making electric golf carts that resemble Hummers, Cadillacs and Bentleys. The exterior of the car is clearly Aston Martin-inspired, but we need to stress that this isn’t an Aston Martin at all. It’ll consist of plenty of lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and scissor doors. Inside the race-inspired vehicle receives Recaro seats, custom leather and Alcantara upholstery and carbon fiber trim. And for those that actually believe they’ll drive this thing more than a couple of times a year, there’s a built-in navigation system and iPod adapter.
And as for performance? Well for that price tag, we’d hope it would blow us away – and we guess it does. A 5.4L V- powerplant is mid-mounted, mated to a twin-turbo setup that helps put down an astonishing 800- to 950-hp. Clearly it’ll be rear wheel drive and will come with a six-speed manual transmission with an optional F1 paddle shift. We won’t even take a guess at what that option will cost.
Is this a new competitor to Pagani’s Zonda? We highly doubt it, since Zonda’s are the quintessential vehicles for a true driving experience. But hey, variety is the spice of life, no?
GALLERY: Coachbuilt Aston Martin
Well well well. One of the most beautiful (and most gratuitous) Aston Martins in the world is now for sale on JamesList courtesy of Prestige Cars Abu Dhabi. And if you’re unsure of what this beast is all about, we had previously posted up detailed photos when we spotted it in person at Frankfurt. But a quick summary is that Mansory took a DB9 and redid the entire body in full carbon fiber, widening it at the same time to mimic the styling of the One-77.
What we’re finding thoroughly entertaining about the listing is that there is little to no information on the car, as if it’s not required. Best of all, there’s no price listed at all but it’s available upon request – naturally. We’ll take a wild stab that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
GALLERY: JamesList Mansory Cyrus Carbon Fiber Aston Martin DB9
GALLERY: Mansory Cyrus Aston Martin DB9 in Frankfurt
GALLERY: Mansory Cyrus Aston Martin DB9
When it comes to automotive customizing, conversions are a natural occurrence whether good or bad. Last week we talked about the Nissan Skyline R34 with an R35 GT-R front end as one of those conversions that are much to our dismay. But this one just has us scratching our heads. A Russian owner of a 5 year-old Aston Martin DB9 requested tuner Edo Competition convert it into a DBS. There must have been great sentimental value to the specific vehicle. Regardless, who was Edo Competition to ask questions and not oblige?
The conversion is hardly trivial, with metal body parts having to be replaced with the DBS’ lighter, carbon fiber versions. The interior of the car was intricately re-wrapped with a mixture of leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber and metal. In addition the motor received some healthy upgrades pushing the hp from 470-hp to 550-hp, which is 40-hp more than the factory DBS. So in a way, it’s better than a DBS, even though Edo Competition stuck with steel brake upgrades rather than carbon.
Edo Competition hasn’t disclosed a cost to the conversion, or a reason why. But we can’t help but wonder since the value of the vehicle plus the price of the conversion surely could net you a stock DBS. Kudos to Edo Competition for doing a fantastic execution on an odd concept.
GALLERY: Edo Competition Aston Martin DB9 Turned DBS
We knew exotic car tuner Mansory was set to debut a fabulously hideous blue and gold Rolls-Royce Ghost at the Geneva Auto Show, but what surprised us was its equally outrageous co-stars. Sitting next to the Ghost, there’s also a widebody Porsche Panamera (which doesn’t look all that bad), the Cyrus carbon widebody Aston Martin DB9 and another carbon fiber clad beast, a Mercedes G Class.
The Rolls is still the main attraction, however, with gaudy gold wheels and detailing (including the grille). We particularly detest the gold fender vents sitting right next to the gold Rolls-Royce emblems.
What we do like is what Mansory has done under the massive hood, taking the twin-turbo V12 to 720-hp thanks to some larger turbos and other upgrades. Torque is rated at 750 lbs and Mansory estimates the car’s new top speed to be 193 mph. Ugly has never been so fast.
Be sure to check out the gallery below, for more pics of the Mansory Ghost and of the other Mansory-tuned cars at the Geneva Auto Show.
GALLERY: Mansory Rolls-Royce Ghost
First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the carbon fiber bodied Aston Martin DB9 (first thought to be a DBS), drew crowds even when competing with the launch of exotics like the Ferrari 458. Needless to say, not all those examining the ultra-thick carbon fiber weave were in favor of the modification. Germany tuner Mansory has shown examples of such extravagance in the past, but never before on a model as noble as an Aston Martin.
Along with the photos we snapped at the show, we now have a whole gallery of pics Mansory has supplied, showing the carbon creation revving its V12 engine in the wild.
Along with the notable carbon bodywork, Mansory built the DB9 as a full widebody with a new front end mimicking the one found on Aston’s upcoming supercar, the One-77. Thanks to these new photos we also get a great new look at the car’s incredibly custom exterior.
GALLERY: Mansory Cyrus
See more Mansory Cyrus photos after the jump: