Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante and Speedster spotted testing

£1.3m Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante spotted testing

Soft-top and roofless versions of Aston Martin’s limited-edition V12 sports car will be produced in a run of 99 and 28 units respectively

Aston Martin is adding the finishing touches to its limited-edition Vanquish Zagato Volante and Speedster models, ahead of planned customer deliveries next year.

The two drop-top versions of the Vanquish Zagato coupé will be produced in partnership with world-renowned Italian design house Zagato in a total of just 127 units: 99 Volantes and 28 Speedsters.

The Volante gets a folding soft-top and the Speedster (pictured below) ditches a roof altogether, in a similar vein to the Aston Martin DB AR1 of 2003The models also clearly take influence from the Aston Martin VulcanOne-77, CC-100 and DB7 Zagato.

First sightings of the models undergoing pre-production testing in the rain suggest Aston Martin used the time to assess waterproofing and, in the topless Speedster, the cabin’s weatherproofing.

The limited-run V12 models use the same naturally aspirated 5.9-litre engine as the Vanquish Zagato coupé, with a maximum power output of 592bhp – 27bhp more than the regular Vanquish.

The Zagato Volante can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.7sec, but losing the convertible roof in the Speedster would decrease this time. Top speed will be about 197mph.

The Speedster will command the highest price, at about £1.3 million; the Volante is expected to cost more than £500,000. Of the 28 Speedsters to be made, just seven are destined for the UK.

Source: Autocar Online

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