The Aston Martin DB7 Zagato was born during a meeting between Elio's son Andrea Zagato, and Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., in Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance 2001. The idea was to relaunch the collaboration between the two companies. Four months later (January 2002), Zagato presented to Ulrich Bez and Henrik Fisker his first sketches of the car and obtained the approval during the Geneva Motorshow, March 2002.
This represents a new chapter in the long-standing relationship between the two firms inaugurated in the Sixties with the DB4 Zagato and subsequently consolidated with the Vantage and Volante Zagato. The sleek and muscular DB7 Zagato is a return to the styling that made the DB4 Zagato a classic. From a grill that references the original, to the long hood, truncated tail, and curvaceous top crowned by the immortal Zagato "double bubble" roof, this special DB7 can only be an Aston-Zagato. The interior mimics the Zagato DB4GT in being comfortable yet Spartan.
Although priced at 60 percent more than the regular DB7 Vantage, each of them amounted to only 99 cars thus was quickly snapped up by Aston Martin's fans.
The DB7 Zagato was available in Europe only. It was built on the DB7 Volante (convertible) chassis because the latter was easier to install Zagato's double-bubble roof. Zagato shortened its wheelbase by 60 mm and enclosed with its own aluminum body panels with unique design. The V12 was similar to DB7 GT, pumping out 440 horsepower. As the whole car was 60 kg lighter than Vantage, it was estimated to top 190 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. However, the loss of chassis rigidity means it didn't handle as good as the GT.
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