Though production of the last-generation Vantage came to an end in 2018, Aston Martin teamed up with R-Reforged for a revival of the V12 Vantage Zagato to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the design house. First announced in 2019, the first prototype pair have now rolled off R-Reforged’s production line in Warwick.
Commissioned by AF Racing AG, a partner in the Valkyrie hypercar project, its R-Reforged brand will produce 38 new models in addition to the 150 units originally delivered from 2011, consisting of 19 Speedsters and 19 coupes. Zagato is part of the project, with it running under the exclusive licence of Aston Martin.
The prototype pair pictured have been built exclusively for the private Zagato collection, but will be used for finalising the chassis setup of each model at the IDIADA test facility in Spain early next year.
Performance from the standard car was no slouch, with Gaydon’s 5.9-litre, naturally aspirated V12 sending 510bhp and 410lb ft of torque to the rear wheels for a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.2sec and a 190mph top speed. Thanks to a significant rework, R-Reforged has managed to extract an additional 85bhp without forced induction, bringing total output to 600bhp.
Combine this power figure with a reduced kerb weight, thanks to an all-carbonfibre body, and we’d imagine you’ll receive a rather attractive power-to-weight number. Also new is gold 100th anniversary badging to mark the model’s significance, and 19-inch centre-lock wheels developed by APP Tech, the same manufacturer responsible for many of your favourite OEM wheels.
CEO of Zagato Milano, Dr Andrea Zagato, said: ‘The Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged are an exceptional tribute to our very own heritage. They combine the best of two automotive worlds: a speedster in its purest form and the perfectly shaped and astonishing silhouette of the coupe.’
Pricing for each of the 19 pairs sits at £1.75m, and although an eye-watering figure, you shouldn’t expect anything less from an exclusive run of Zagato Aston Martins. Though customer cars will no doubt be hard to find in the wild, the first pair will go on display at Aston Martin St. Gallen in Switzerland before embarking on a global tour in 2021.