WITH THE LOOMING centenary celebrations of world-renowned Italian design house Zagato, Aston Martin has released detailed renderings of the second car in the DBZ Centenary Collection, the DBS GT Zagato that is to be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.

Confined to a build run of 19 DB4 GT Zagato Continuations, the DBS GT Zagato will only be available as part of the $8.45 million DBZ Centenary Collection, becoming one of the rarest and most coveted of all the modern-era Aston Martin Zagatos.

The pair was created to celebrate the centenary of the legendary Zagato signature, along with Aston Martin’s near 60-year collaboration. The DBZ Centenary Collection pays tribute to an icon of the past and creates a classic of the future.

As a starting point for the DBS GT Zagato, Aston Martin uses its most potent production car, the DBS Superleggera. Inspired by the voluptuous shapes of the original DB4 GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagatos designers have conjured a design featuring the iconic double-bubble roof.

The DBS GT Zagato dispenses with the rear windscreen, instead employing a full-length roofline. The double-bubble theme extends across the car’s bonnet, reminiscent of the shape and form seen on original Aston Martin Zagato designs. The wrap-around windscreen that removes any hard lines complements the flowing curves.

The DBS GT Zagato features muscular rear haunches, a unique wheel design, headlights and a striking front grille –a key feature of all Aston Martin Zagatos – continuing to deliver a modern take on the DB4 GT Zagato’s classic form.

Speaking of the DBZ Zagato Collection, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Lagonda’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, added: “In the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation we have one of the world’s most beautiful and instantly recognisable pieces of car design. Creating a car fit to stand alongside it was always going to be a formidable challenge, but also a great motivation. Both design teams at Aston Martin and Zagato have together risen to the task magnificently, taking the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaping something that retains its identity as an Aston Martin, but expresses itself as only a Zagato can. Sensationallooking and extremely rare, it is the modern incarnation of a timeless icon.”