Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato: Fusion of Heritage and Modernity

Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato: Fusion of Heritage and Modernity

In 2002, Aston Martin made waves at the Geneva Motor Show by announcing a collaboration with the famed Italian coachbuilder Zagato to create a limited edition masterpiece for the 21st century – the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato. This stunning vehicle is a modern interpretation of the classic partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato, which began with the legendary Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato in 1961 and continued with the Aston Martin V8 Zagato and V8 Zagato Volante in 1987.

A Hand-Built Masterpiece
Based on the Aston Martin DB7, the DB7 Vantage Zagato underwent significant modifications to achieve a unique, hand-built car that seamlessly blends heritage with contemporary design. Renowned designer Andrea Zagato and his team drew inspiration from the original DB4 GT Zagato, incorporating elements such as the long bonnet, shortened tail, and the iconic ‘double-bubble’ roof. The result is a beautiful, elegant, and classic body design that pays homage to Aston Martin’s rich history.

Distinctive Design Elements
The DB7 Vantage Zagato features a large, distinctive radiator grille and accentuated rear wheel arches, hallmark features of Zagato’s design language. The attention to detail is evident in features like the reverse/fog light combination, showcasing the meticulous hand craftsmanship and quality that Aston Martin is known for. The aluminium body, built on a shortened DB7 Vantage Volante wheelbase, offers a 60kg weight advantage over the standard car. Unique 18″ Zagato-styled wheels with a revised offset provide a wider track, enhancing the car’s stance and performance.

Performance and Handling
The Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato is powered by the same all-aluminium, twin-overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 6.0-litre V12 engine found in the DB7 Vantage. Thanks to the reduced weight, the power delivery is more dynamic, giving the car a sportier feel. The low inertia engine with a twin plate clutch ensures progressive torque delivery throughout the rev range. The car also features a manual six-speed close-ratio transmission with a different differential and a short shift gear lever for a more engaging driving experience.

Enhanced Suspension and Braking
The DB7 Vantage Zagato is equipped with up-rated anti-lock, ventilated discs all around, fitted with Pagid RS4-2-1 pads for superior stopping power. The front and rear suspension systems were specifically developed to provide enhanced performance and precision handling, ensuring that the car drives as beautifully as it looks.

Luxurious Interior
Inside, the DB7 Vantage Zagato boasts a hand-stitched leather interior unique to this model, trimmed in Dark Chocolate aniline leather. The modified door trim matches the high waistline, and new rear trim panels with a luggage shelf replace the rear seats. The standard DB7 Vantage front seats are finished in quilted aniline leather with the Zagato ‘Z’ embossed in the seat backs, adding a touch of exclusivity. The interior also features the DB7 Vantage sports switchgear, enhancing the car’s sporty yet luxurious ambiance.

Exclusive Production
Aston Martin produced just 99 examples of the DB7 Vantage Zagato, with the aluminium bodies crafted in Italy and final assembly taking place in the UK at Bloxham, the home of the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage. This limited production run adds to the car’s exclusivity and desirability among collectors and enthusiasts.

Technical Specifications

  • Length: 4481 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2531 mm
  • Height: 1244 mm
  • Width: 1861 mm
  • Weight: 1740 kg
  • Top Speed: 190 mph
  • Price at Launch: £160,000

The Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato stands as a testament to the enduring partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato, combining heritage, craftsmanship, and modern engineering to create a truly remarkable car. Its unique design, exceptional performance, and limited production make it a coveted piece of automotive history.

Source: Aston Martin
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