Aston Martin announces Vanquish Speedster, Shooting Brake

Both models were developed jointly with Zagato

Aston Martin has again teamed up with Italian coachbuilder Zagato to develop limited-edition variants of the Vanquish. Both models will be presented to the public during this year's edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The existing Zagato coupe and convertible models are joined by a Speedster and a Shooting Brake. The Speedster looks similar to the Volante-badged roadster, but it receives a pair of carbon fiber humps that start right behind the passenger compartment and gently slope down towards the back of the car. The design is inspired by some of Aston's classic models, while echoing Zagato's signature double-bubble roof.

The Shooting Brake blends performance with utility thanks to a longer roof line that ends in a large hatch. It remains a two-seater, but it gives adventure-minded buyers more trunk space. Photos of what the cargo compartment looks like haven't been released yet.

There are no mechanical modifications to report. Both the Shooting Brake and the Speedster come with a 6.0-liter V12 engine borrowed from the Vanquish S. It makes 580 horsepower, which is enough for a 3.5-second sprint from zero to 60 mph, and it spins the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.

It might already be too late to order either Zagato-badged Aston. Just 99 examples of the Shooting Brake model will be built, and production of the Speedster is limited to only 28 cars. Aston Martin hasn't revealed how many are still available, but we'd be surprised if any are left at the end of the festivities in Monterey.

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