The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is more than a celebration of classic automotive design. It’s also a great opportunity to view cutting-edge concept vehicles.
You’d never know it based on the official coverage (or lack thereof), but Aston Martin also unveiled a concept at the concours. Named AM310, the striking coupe made its debut with little fanfare and next to no details. Aston Martin has remained oddly tight-lipped about the AM310’s particulars, leaving enthusiasts to speculate as to how predictive of the upcoming DBS replacement the concept may or may not be.
We do know that the AM310 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12, and its styling is influenced by the exotic One-77. Design cues borrowed from the composite supercar are certainly visible in the AM310’s aggressive profile, although the One-77’s side strakes and grille gave way to elements that are rather like those on the current DBS. Visible carbon-fiber elements hint at lightweight bodywork of the same material concealed beneath the concept’s bright red paint.
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Lotus is going bespoke with help from Mansory Design, the company said on Monday. Mansory has worked with Lotus on a few special editions before, including the 2011 Evora Concept Bespoke they showed at the 2011 Geneva motor show.
Lotus says the car received positive reaction at the show. Since then, the two companies have collaborated on several projects, most notably the Lotus Evora GTE, which was made available for public sale.
In the deal, Mansory will contribute bodywork, trim and special finishes for the entire range of Lotus cars. The customizer helped with the chrome-orange Evora GTE that was designed by rapper/producer Swizz Beatz and the carbon-fiber Evora GTE built to honor the Lotus F1 Team.
Mansory’s first official project, based on a new model variant, will be revealed at the Paris motor show in September.
“At Mansory, we have always been passionate about British cars,” owner Kourosh Mansory said. “And the cooperation with Lotus is the perfect partnership as it meets our quality standard of production on the highest technical level combined with masterly craftsmanship and the most precious materials.”
• Following encouraging customer reaction, V12 Zagato road car to go into
production in 2012
• Strictly limited run of up to 150 examples, prices from
£330,000 GBP (exc. local taxes)
• Hand assembled at Aston Martin’s global
headquarters at Gaydon
7 July 2011, Gaydon: Aston Martin confirms production of a strictly limited
number of the new V12 Zagato following its successful unveilings. After winning
the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class at the prestigious
Villa D’ Este Concours and then going on to prove its durability with the
successful completion of the gruelling 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour race, Aston
Martin confirms that there is overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers
to confirm production of the V12 Zagato.
Based on the acclaimed V12 Vantage and sporting a beautifully handcrafted
aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited
numbers for discerning customers. Orders are now being taken on a strictly first
come first served basis and production is expected to commence during summer
2012 at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Of the V12 Zagato, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Such
style, exclusivity and fastidious craftsmanship ensures it will be one of the
most highly coveted models in Aston Martin’s 98-year history. A fabulous
celebration of the iconic DB4GT Zagato, which celebrates its 50th anniversary
this year, the V12 Zagato is the perfect inspiration for the next 50 years of
In honour of the performance and racing heritage of previous collaborations,
the first two V12 Zagatos were developed as endurance race cars from the start
and went into their track debut just a week after being shown to the public for
the first time on the shores of Lake Como, Italy at the Villa D’Este Concours.
Entering the new V12 Zagatos in this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hour on 25th/26th
June extended the company’s racing philosophy at the famous circuit. For five
years Aston Martin has signed-off its new products by entering a car which is as
close to the road car as possible and subjecting it to the toughest 24 hour test
on what best simulates the extremities of public roads. This year went a step
further by testing two cars at their prototype stage; combining forces to
successfully cover more than 230 laps and over 3,700 miles in the 24 hour race
at what Sir Jackie Stewart famously called ‘The Green Hell’.
Since opening in 2003, 13 new major production car Aston Martins have been
developed and successfully brought to production at Gaydon, demonstrating the
company’s ability to engineer and bring to reality cars in a shortened period of
time. Design work on the V12 Zagato began in mid-2010 with initial engineering
following in January 2011.
True to both Aston Martin and Zagato, the V12 Zagato is the pinnacle of a
special and exclusive offering which matches its long standing heritage with the
technology and craftsmanship of today.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Director of Design said: “The V12 Zagato is an
elegant yet brutal design which reflects the great balance between race
performance and pure Aston Martin style.
“The original DB4GT Zagato was a true icon, powerful and graceful; the new
design is a true representation of the spirit of DB4GT Zagato. The muscular
organic forms define the thoroughbred nature of the car’s racing
Featuring a handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato
delivers a beautiful and muscular design not possible using pre-formed panel
techniques. Using the influences and skill of nearly 100 years of heritage in
the craft, every aluminium panel was formed using an English wheel and
traditionally crafted body bucks. Iconic Zagato design cues include the double
bubble roof created in this case from five separate pieces illustrating further
the intensity of craftsmanship involved in the construction of the V12
Designed for the focused driver, the V12 Zagato has been honed with pure
driving enjoyment in mind. The V12 Zagato combines Aston Martin’s most dynamic
bonded aluminium platform with the power of the 6.0-litre V12 engine producing
510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.
The strictly limited Aston Martin V12 Zagato is on sale now, priced at
£330,000 GBP (exc. local taxes) with first deliveries expected from the second
half of 2012.