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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]

 |  Oct 17 2011, 10:30 AM

No stranger to the Nurburgring, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez has competed at the legendary racetrack since 2006, but this weekend’s event was different. That’s because Bez wasn’t behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, but a race-prepped Lexus LFA.

Bez and Toyota President Akio Toyoda swapped rides for the ninth round of the 2011 VLN series race, with Toyoda piloting Aston’s new V12 Zagato.

“Other company bosses meet on the golf course, we race together,” says Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez.

Rather than a PR stunt, both Bez and Toyota describe the ride swap as result of their friendship, which has developed over the years at the Nurburgring. With up to 200 cars competing on track and a limited number of pit stalls, teams at the Nurburgring are forced to share space with their competitors. Both Aston Martin and Toyota’s Gazoo Racing have done so several times in the past.

“As I learnt that our teams would share a garage once again I renewed my invitation to Akio Toyoda to drive an Aston Martin race car and I was delighted to accept his offer in return”, said Dr. Bez. “We have raced side by side regularly since the 2008 24 hour race here at the Nurburgring. Since then a personal friendship has developed into this decision to experience each other’s race cars.”

Competing in the SP8 class both executives started in their own cars and almost didn’t get the chance to make the switch when the #114 Aston Matin was struck by another car and forced to pit for significant repairs. Back on track before the end of the race, the LFA and V12 Zagato crossed the finish line side-by-side, with Bez in the Lexus and Toyoda in the Aston Martin.

 |  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 13 2011, 10:00 AM

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Aston Martin has officially confirmed the American debut of the One-77 and V12 Zagato, which will take place during the Pebble Beach automotive week in Monterey from August 17th to the 21st. The British automaker will commence the celebration on the evening of Wednesday August 17 where the V12 Zagato will have its official American debut.

The V12 Zagato was first unveiled as a concept car at the famous Villa D’Este Concours in Italy earlier this year, where the car experienced tremendous success among the show goers, and won the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class. Aston Martin will build the V12 Zagato in a very limited production which will commence in the summer of 2012.

As for the One-77, it was on display in the Monterey area several years ago, but as a concept. Now the flagship Aston Martin will get a more official unveiling, boasting a 7.3-liter V12 engine with over 700-hp.

Julian Jenkins, Vice President Aston Martin the Americas said, ”We are very excited about the program this year including the debut of the V12 Zagato, and we look forward to welcoming current owners, new customers and automotive enthusiasts to share our celebrations at The Aston Martin Estate.”

AutoGuide will be on hand, so look for live pictures and video late next week.

GALLERY: Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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 |  Jul 02 2011, 9:00 AM

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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

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[Source: Autocar]

 |  May 23 2011, 11:47 AM

A beautiful fire truck red Aston Martin V12 Zagato made an appearance at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. This gorgeous piece of British engineering revs for just under a minute sounding unbelievabe. The Zagato features a 6.0-liter V12 producing 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. No wonder it sounds so great.

Check out the video after the jump!

[Source: egm Car Tech]

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