So why are Aston and Zagato doing this? Well, Zagato reaches its 100th anniversary in 2019, so a celebration is clearly in order. Aston Martin and Zagato have quite the storied recent and not-so-recent past. You might remember that Aston unleashed 25 DB4 GT Continuation cars sans Zagato earlier this year. The idea is the same here, but Zagato gets included on this project.
Back in 1960, Aston Martin and Zagato had planned to make a 25-car run of Zagato-bodied DB4s. When demand wasn’t high enough, it was cut off at 19, which explains why it’s making 19 cars today as well. Aston and Zagato created those DB4s to race against others like Ferrari in the ’60s, and the Continuation DB4 Zagato will be sold as a race car as well.
Set to be built at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, England, the goal is to make the new car resemble the old as accurately as possible. At the same time, Aston is benefiting from modern engineering to make the car even better looking. So while it still uses a tubular frame and thin-gauge aluminum body panels, Aston also uses digital scanning technology to ensure the bodywork is absolutely perfect in fitment and consistency.
Looking at the mechanical side of things, we’ve got an inline-six engine that makes 380 horsepower hooked up to a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. That’s significantly more power than the 331 hp DB4 Continuation that Aston made before. The commitment to looking and feeling the part is there, but we really wonder how the driving experience differs from that of a Zagato from the ’60s.
That’s only the first half of the pair. Wealthy owners will also receive a DBS GT Zagato. It’s unclear exactly what that car will look like just yet, because Aston has only provided us with what looks like a rough design sketch. It says we’ll see a fresh take on the “double-bubble” roof, new grille and a truncated tail to differentiate it from the run-of-the-mill DBS Superleggera. As a reminder, the DBS Superleggera has a 5.2-liter turbocharged V12 that makes 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.
We’ve been absolutely smitten with Aston Martin/Zagato collaborations as of late, so we can’t wait to see what this DBS looks like. What nobody wants to see, though, is the $7.89 million price tag on the pair. And that doesn’t even include taxes. Keep in mind you’ll only be able to drive the DB4 on the racetrack, since it won’t be road-legal in the U.S. The DBS Zagato is fair game, though, so make that your daily and get your money’s worth out of it. DB4s will be shipping to customers late 2019 with the DBS GTs following a year after that.