British luxury automaker Aston Martin has pulled the trigger a little early on its new Aston Martin V12 Zagato. The stylish and sporty production V12 is set to make its European debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.
The term ‘handmade’ is often affectionately applied to a host of things, but in this case it certainly holds true. Not only is the V12 Zagato beautifully designed, featuring Aston Martin’s signature bold front fascia, but the impressive automotive specimen is also painstakingly built through a process that takes more than 2,000 man-hours to complete. According to Aston Martin, the painting procedure alone takes over 100 hours. The manufacturing process is so meticulous, in fact, that a mere 150 Aston Martin V12 Zagatos will be made.
Of course, what would a luxury sports car be without a healthy helping of carbon fiber? The V12 Zagato makes generous use of this sturdy and lightweight composite, which will feature heavily on the front and rear fenders, door sills, and trunk lid while the signature ‘double-bubble’ roof and doors panels are hand-crafted aluminum.
The powerplant for the the Zagato will be similar to Aston Martins V12 Vantage, which should offer some insight into specs regarding the car. A 6.0-liter V12 engine with 510 horespower and 420 pound-feet of torque should be more than enough to power this hand-made beauty.
Deliveries for the V12 Zagato are scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2012; the car is on sale now for £330,000(roughly $475,110).