Aston Martin’s final Vanquish Zagato model is the sexiest wagon ever

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the sexiest wagon ever

Aston Martin and Zagato have made sweet vehicular music together since the late 1950s, solidifying their creative collaboration as one of the oldest in the automotive industry. Since the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was introduced in 1960, the U.K. sports car manufacturer and independent coachbuilder have joined forces on a number of exclusive vehicle projects. Their most recent build, the Vanquish Zagato coupe, was showcased at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Unsurprisingly, each of the 99 production Vanquish Zagato coupes has long since been claimed, but today we bring good tidings to those who thirst for additional Aston Martin Zagato models. The Vanquish Zagato is about to go from a single model to a family of four. We knew the Volante (convertible) version of the Vanquish Zagato was on its way, and had an inkling that a Speedster version would soon follow. This final member, however, came out of nowhere.

Due to the overwhelming demand for more Vanquish Zagato models, Aston expanded the lineup with a sexy station wagon named Shooting Brake. Total production for all four designs will be 325 cars: 99 Coupes, 99 Volantes, 28 Speedsters, and 99 Shooting Brakes. You’re too late if you want one; every single example of every single body style has been spoken for already.

“Many of our customers want different things,” said Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman. “Some prefer the purity of a coupe, but others love the idea of something more extreme, like the Speedster. There’s always an over-demand from our clients and patrons. We could easily fulfill demand for more cars than this, but we want Zagato to remain something very special. We’re creating collectibles, future concours cars.”

Each vehicle is based on the Aston Martin Vanquish S, delivering 580 horsepower from a naturally aspirated V12 and Touchtronic III transmission. In addition to a killer exhaust note and blistering acceleration each Vanquish Zagato will feature adaptive dampers for a mix of comfort and performance.

The Speedster and Shooting Brake designs sit on opposite ends of the Vanquish Zagato design spectrum. Featuring distinctive ‘Speed Humps’ that rise to form streamlined cowls flowing back from the seats, the Speedster represents Zagato’s signature ‘double-bubble’ roof.

One might assume the Shooting Brake’s extended roof makes room for two additional seats, but alas, it remains a two-seater with a more practical trunk. The sculptural roof culminates in a powered tailgate that opens to reveal a tailored luggage set and luxurious cabin.

All Vanquish Zagato models feature carbon fiber body panels, Aston Martin Vulcan-inspired “Blade” taillights, and repeated 3D Zagato “Z” motifs in the front grille and rear vent meshes.

“I’m proud to continue the story my grandfather started and thrilled that our partnership with Aston Martin continues to realize such exciting cars,” Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato said.

Updated December 6, 2018: Added new images of the Shooting Brake.

Product Review

The all-new 3 Series proves BMW can still build a compelling sport sedan

Seat time in the entry-level BMW 330i ($41,425) and M340i xDrive ($54,995) will test the German automaker’s commitment to driving dynamics, powertrain refinement, and cutting edge technology.

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.
Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.

Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

The redesigned 2020 Passat shows Volkswagen still believes in sedans

The sedan segment in America is shrinking, but Volkswagen still believes in it. The German firm has released a teaser sketch to preview the redesigned 2020 Passat it will introduce during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti has released a teaser image to preview a concept it will unveil at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The yet-unnamed design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language.