Aston Martin reveals Zagato creations and new AMG deal {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Apr 2013

his has been a big week for Aston Martin. On Sunday they held a special Centenary Celebration in Kensington Gardens in London, which had an incredible line-up of Aston Martins from the 1922 ‘A3’ model right through to the CC100 Speedster Concept. They showed off the V12 Vantage S and Vanquish Volante, but there were two special additions to the line-up that took the limelight.

Created by Italian styling house Zagato, the DB9 Spider Centennial and the DBS Coupe Centennial have both been commissioned by wealthy private clients wanting a unique Aston Martin.

The DB9 Spider Centennial is based on the latest DB9 model, with its 510bhp V12. The styling is a mix of classic Zagato touches like the Kamm tail and some decidedly retro 70’s aspects like the nose andsharp shoulder line. The front end is particularly nice, with a large grille area shaped by the headlights. It was commissioned by British car collector and serial Aston buyer Peter Read.

The DBS Coupe Centennial uses the older DBS model as its basis, but shares the same engine. The front and rear ends are the same, but the Coupe adds a traditional Zagato trademark double-bubble roof and rear window. The DBS Zagato Centennial was commissioned by an unknown Japanese collector. Both models are expected to have cost well over £2,000,000 each to build and will be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

In other Aston news, there was an announcement today that Aston Martin has signed a letter of intent with Mercedes-AMG for a technical partnership. A full deal will be signed by the end of the year.

What this deal means is that Aston Martin will have access to AMG engines and technology, including hybrid, electric and gearbox tech. We would expect the new V8 Vantage model to now come equipped with an AMG engine – either the 6.2 V8 or the newer 5.5 litre twin turbo V8 – with around 500 bhp. Given that there are no manual AMG models, we would also expect that this sadly means the end of the manual Aston Martin given the Vanquish, DB9 and V12 Vantage S all have automatic or robotic manual gearboxes.

The other tech is an unknown, but we think this is a great bit of news. Aston Martin can now save money on engine development and put it into making the new Vantage a true 911-beater. We can’t wait to see the fruits of the new AMG-Aston tie-up!