Initial design sketches and concepts are generally not to be taken as a solid indicator of what the final production car will look like, though in the case of the upcoming Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato, its finalised design elements sound more impressive than how it will look.
Barring the reality abiding higher-profile tyres, less-exaggerated bonnet length and production-spec wing mirrors, the DBS GT Zagato’s final 'production-intent' design looks faithful to the original sketch.
The juicy details, though, are in its design elements. The DBS GT Zagato’s front grille features 108 individual carbon-fibre panels that open and close “dynamically”. Aston Martin says these panels are arranged to look flush with the nose when the car is parked, and programmed to open when the car is started up.
Around the back, Aston Martin has retained the original design concept’s idea of “discarding the traditional rear windscreen in favour of a purer roofline”.
Making it onto the final design is an expansive single-piece carbon-fibre roof, with the Zagato signature double-bubble aesthetic that will stretch from the front windscreen all the way to the back. With no rear window to see out of, the DBS GT Zagato would be supplemented with a camera-operated digital rear-view mirror.
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Aside from the design details, Aston Martin has yet to release any information on the sort of performance figures the DBS GT Zagato would be able to extract from the twin-turbo V12 powertrain and chassis it will derive from the DBS Superleggera.
Production of the DBS GT Zagato will commence in 2020, with each of the 19 examples to be paired with the 19 DB4 GT Zagato continuation models that will be built as part of the DBZ Centenary Collection.
Each of the 19 pairs of the DBZ Centenary Collection is priced at £6m.