Aston Martin V12 Zagato video review

30 Jan, 2013 10:09am

Jack Rix gets behind the wheel of the ultra-exclusive Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The only modern-day Aston Martin rarer than the £1.15million One-77 hypercar, is the stunning V12 Vantage Zagato.

Just 101 will be made – at a cost of £396,000 each. Mechanically unchanged from the standard V12 Vantage, it packs 510bhp and will hit 62mph in 4.2 seconds.

These figures are nothing special sat next to the likes of the Ferrari 458, Mercedes SLS AMG or McLaren 12C but when you see this car in the flesh, it all starts to make sense.

The carbon fibre trim, unique stitching and fixed rear wing set it apart from the standard car – and that's without mentioning the signature grille and bulbous rear end.

News editor, Jack Rix, has been to Aston HQ to find out whether the V12 Vantage Zagato offers a driving experience to justify its price tag, or if it’s nothing more than a pricey bodykit. Click the video to find out.

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I'd MUCH rather get a standard V12 Vantage. That one is a truly classical design. The Zagato is hyped up. At least I find the front ugly, the bubble roof a "so what" like it has to have it to make it a Zagato. Well, you do get that wavy stitching, for those 270.000 pounds or so extra compared to the V12V. I'm glad there are some takers as it'll keep Aston Martin alive. Oh, I forgot, there's a video of the Zagato at Villa d'Este where it makes a really groovy sound, lumpy and menacing, and LOUD. I'd pay for that, but it seems the ignition was off or something. I wish Aston could make all their cars sound like that, and still make it past the noise legislation.