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Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection

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Aston Martin DBZ Centenary Collection

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After revealing official sketches earlier in the year, Aston Martin and long-time partner Zagato have finally taken the veils off the DBZ Centenary Collection, featuring two unique hand-built cars that are the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and DBS GT Zagato. Just 19 pairs of the cars will be made, and no, you don’t get to buy one without the other. The price? An astonishing £6 million (RM31 million) plus local taxes.

Let’s start with the reborn classic. All 19 units of the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will be built at Aston Martin Works, using a blend of old world craftmanship and slight use of modern tooling. Aston said it used digital scanning technology to improve accuracy and equipping the car with a 380 hp dual-ignition straight-six engine, a four-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. All 19 cars will be delivered by year end.

Fans of the DBS Superleggera, on the other hand, can start feasting your eyes on the DBS GT Zagato. Unveiled for the first time in the exclusive Supernova Red paint, it gets exposed carbon-fibre accents,, machined wheels finished in satin black and gold, gloss carbon-fibre roof and rear diffuser, solid 18-carat gold wings badges front and rear, black anodised active front grille, gold anodised side strakes and centre lock wheel nuts.

Inside, the cabin is draped with Caithness Spicy Red leather, the headrests feature Zagato ‘Z’ quilting, and there’s also several 3D-printed carbon and metal interior trims (a world’s first) and satin twill carbon-fibre on the paddle shifters and steering wheel. But wait, there’s more.

A ‘saddle’ design in the middle can be had in three finishes – printed carbon, aluminium, or Gold PVD (physical vapour deposition; as part of the Centenary Specification). The last process requires nearly 100 hours of print time with additional polishing and post-processing by skilled craftsmen to achieve a perfect lustrous finish, and it’s the gold trims around the cabin that we’re referring to. Of course, as with any Aston Martin, the car can be further customised through Q by Aston Martin.

In terms of performance, the DBS GT Zagato retains the same 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 as the DBS Superleggera, but tuned to produce 770 hp. That’s 55 hp more than the stock tune, though torque and performance figures have yet to be announced. An eight-speed ZF automatic with rear limited slip-differential should still be offered.

With that, Aston Martin claims that the DBZ Centenary Collection is by far its most valuable new sports cars, and the cars were created to celebrate the 60-year-long creative partnership with Italian coachbuilder Zagato.

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