Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Revs Its V12 at Villa D'Este

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What's my favorite car show? Well, Geneva is overcrowded with crappy stuff, Detroit is way too cold, so my clear vote goes to Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este. It's not a motor show in the traditional sense, but everything I've seen there during my entire career has been stunning, immaculate, world-class automotive porn, the stuff that makes you feel guilty after just one quick look.
Aston Martin has always made those types of cars. In fact, if I look back at Ferraris that have been made over the past two decades and compare them to the Astons of the same era, they look weird. The same thing happens when you put the F12tdf, the latest and most expensive V12 Italian car, with the Vanquish Zagato.

The custom fabricated body made by these famous coachbuilders follows the same lines as the V12 Vanquish Zagato from a few years back. It's normal-looking from the front and spectacularly beautiful from the back, like a mullet but much more classy.

Unlike the new DB11 that's going to go on sale later this year, the V12 engine powering this car is a naturally aspirated one. The upside to that is that is that it can rev hard, and the sound cannot be muffled by the exhaust gas recirculation systems. And since when is 560 horsepower not enough anymore?

That's not to say that we love everything about it. It's got the wrong gearbox and interior looks like it came from a 2006 car dressed in newer leather.

We showed you some official photos of this car only three days ago. However, still images don't do it justice. If you are a fan of classic Gran Tourer lines, you'll love every second of this live video from the 2016 Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este. It not only sounds great, but the red paint is accentuated by the gold trim pieces and the carbon fiber aero effects that surround the vehicle.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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