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Zagato V12 triumphs at Villa d'Este

Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato was victorious at this year's Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, winning the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes.

The modern interpretation of the iconic DB4GT Zagato fought off competition from ten other entries including BMW’s 328 Hommage, Audi’s Quattro concept and the James Glickenhaus P4/5 Competizione Ferrari.

Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “We are thrilled to see that this car conquered people’s hearts. With the V12 Zagato we managed to add just another successful chapter both to the history of Aston Martin and the future of our brand. This is an exciting car, powerful and incredibly beautiful.”

Just as the P4/5 spawned a racing counterpart, the V12 Zagato is also set to make its racing debut. Next weekend will see the car take on the 53rd ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN race at the Nürburgring, with a further two cars entering the Nürburgring 24hr race next month.

“Nürburgring is where we sign-off every new model in terms of dynamics," said Dr. Bez, "and there can be no better place for the new V12 Zagato to be finally tested. The 24 hour race is the ultimate road test and a fitting introduction for the V12 Zagato”.

He concluded by stating the overwhelming positive reaction to the car will transpire to Aston Martin potentially "offering a road-homologated V12 Zagato in a small, limited number as soon as possible."

Watch this space for a full review of the 2011 Concorso d'Eleganza later this week.

By John O'Brien