Aside from its Bond fame, Aston Martin has a reputation for producing very special vehicles. The company’s long partnership with Zagato is no exception. Recent spy photos show the latest special DBS GT rolling down the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
To give some perspective, Zagato is a body shop company based in Milan, Italy. Aston Martin and the Italian coachbuilder have teamed up to make some very special vehicles, with production numbers that tend to be quite low. The British-Italian partnership dates back over half a century and shows no signs of stopping. Some of their biggest hits include the DB4 Zagato and shooting brake variations on the Virage and Vanquish.
After a quick glance at the footage from the latest DBS GT Zagato, it looks promising around the Green Hell. We don’t know how hard the driver was pushing, but the vehicle seemed relatively in control, all proof that the Zagato is built on strong bones. The only small problems appeared in the corner of Schwalbenschwanz, where the car sounded like it had hit a pretty hard bottom through the bumps.
Under the hood is a 5.2-liter V12 engine producing 760 horsepower (567 kilowatts). Numbers aside, the engine has sound to back up its growl. As is the case with these engines, the exhaust note exhibits a refined rage. We’ve crossed our fingers that this won’t be the swan song of the V12 engine.
While the Zagato DBS GT shares a fair number of design cues with the car it is based on, the bodybuilder has always worked its magic. One of the features of the road-approved Zagato DBS that struck us was the apparent lack of a rear window. We know that manufacturers often trust the speed of their vehicles, but it’s up there.