BMW Zagato Roadster – German engineering meets Italian design.
This officially sanctioned Alfa by Zagato doesn’t employ any Italian mechanicals; rather, it leverages the Fiat-Chrysler marriage to use the last Dodge Viper, specifically the ACR-X with an 8.4-liter V-10 pumping out 640 bhp and 585 lb.-ft. of torque. The front mid-engine/rear-drive layout and 98.9-in. wheelbase remain unchanged.
Working within the 167.7-in. length, 78.0-in. width and 47.0-in. height, the TZ3 Stradale manages to convey that it is an Alfa Romeo through and through. This 2-seater is just 3.3 in. shorter than the previous TZ3 Corsa that Zagato introduced at Villa d’Este last year, which was built on a tube-frame Gillet chassis and powered by a 420-bhp 4.2-liter Maserati V-8.
1954 Maserati A6G 2000 Zagato Coupe.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato attacks the ‘Ring.
A shade of green only Kermit the Frog could love.
The V12 Zagato must complete two 4-hour endurance races before it becomes eligible to compete in the Nürburgring 24 hour race on June 25.
You had us at “Hello”
“The V12 Zagato is an elegant yet brutal design, which reflects the 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.” - Aston Design Director, Marek Reichman
Mechanical details of the car are shrouded in secrecy although the speculation is that it’s based on a V-12 Vantage, one thing is almost certain is that it will have Zagato’s signature double bubble roofline.
Aston Martin’s chief executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez, said: “Now is the right time for a new Aston Martin Zagato and in combining our design intelligence I think we can create something fitting of the iconic DB4GT Zagato that has gone before and since established itself as one of the most famous Aston Martins of all time.”
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (1960)
Perfection can be improved, and the DB4 Zagato is the finest example. Unfortunately only 25 were ever built and each one doesn’t sell for less than 2 million. But the GTZ was more than a pretty face and it had some interesting racing pedigree as well. Stirling Moss drove it first to the podium at Goodwood in 1961.
There are a few key words and phrases that stand out amongst our morning email inbox, which is usually over-flowing with exciting news about all sorts of shiny new sheet-metal. Amongst these, the words “Aston Martin” and “Zagato” are pretty much at the top of the list. When this is followed by the offer of a test-drive, well, you’ve officially got our attention.
According to the description sent to us, this Aston Martin began life as a lightweight DB4/GT, but was converted to the highly coveted and rare DB4 GT Zagato body-style during four years of intensive work. A “completely modern day powertrain” is now under the hood – though we’re not certain what was wrong with sticking with the DB4/GT’s original 302-bhp inline-six.
Work was done on both sides of the Atlantic and cost nearly one million dollars to build. The car is on the application list for the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and, apparently, there are “forty thousand” pictures documenting the restoration. Luckily the email sent to us included only three.
Judging by the photos, it appears a supercharged 3.2-liter inline-six from a DB7 has found its way into the engine bay. Delivering 335-bhp in stock form, this should give the classic Aston some extra straight-line speed and the promise of everyday usability.
This car might not appeal to purists – and we’re curious about the condition of the DB4/GT before it began this lengthy conversion. In its defense, an Aston Martin Zagato is now worth millions and they almost never come to market. Only 25 were built in total and there is little chance any owner would risk taking one on public roads. Is this the next best thing to owning the real deal?
We’ll reserve final judgment until we get behind the wheel.