The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, one of the prettiest cars ever made, starting as a regular Vanquish Volante, it got a custom made bodywork, created and manufactured by the Italian company Carrozzeria de Zagato. Powered by the ever recognized V12, this GT has not only striking looks but also a nasty punch when it is time to race.
Though its name is quite a mouthful, the meaning is quite simple: it’s an Aston Martin, model Vanquish, with a Zagato body, and volante stands for convertible, as in other Aston’s cars.
This model, along with the hardtop version, are one of the best looking cars ever made, even making it to the Pebble Beach beauty contest and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The Engine and Chassis:
The Vanquish model sports a upgraded version of the regular Vanquish model, the AM29, the last engine of its line, being the last naturally aspirated V12 produced by Aston Martin. It is a 5.9 liter (5935cm3), and as said a V12, with no forced admission, making it a very uncommon and rare configuration for a modern car. The engine develops close to 600hp and more than 650N/m of torque, making the Vanquish propel from 0-100 Km/h in a range of 3.5 seconds. The top speed is over 300Km/h. It is fitted a 8 speed automatic transmission, mid-rear mounted. The car is pushed forwards, obviously by the rear wheels.
Due to being naturally aspirated, the engine is wild and vicious at most of the revolution range, and also due to the admission, it makes an astounding sound.
Zagato also improved the driving characteristics of the vanquish, making it even sweeter to drive, fast or slow. As stated, this is not a super car, but more of a fast paced Grand Tourer, perfect for a Sunday drive, near the sea, and of course with top the top down.