With the backing of Aston Martin, Zagato produced a roadster version of the Vanquish in September 2003 to ‘provoke interest’ in an Italian-styled Vanquish. It was designed in cooperation between Zagato’s Automotive Chief Designer, Nori Harada and Aston Martin’s Design Manager, Peter Huchinson.

The Vanquish Roadster made its debut on the Zagato stand at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2004. It certainly provoked interest: around 100 requests fort he roadster were received at the show even through it wasn’t promoted as a production car. Despite customer demand, no further examples were made.

The roadater, while being largely based on the production coupe, includes some notable new design features. The Zagato model introduced a clever three-way modular roof system; a hard top for winter that virtually converted the roadster into  a coupe, ‘double-buble’ thermal glas (the show car used Plexiglas) for warm weather and a soft cover, which when not in use, could be stowed away.

Due to the use of glass at the rear, there was no room fort he optional rear seats offered wifh the Vanquish. In their place was a luggage compartment. Because of the Vanquish’s rigid platform, no additional strength-related structural engineering was said to be needed, so weight remained the same as the coupe.

For the first time Zagato did not design an entirely new look for the donor Aston Martin, but produced a variation offering some Italian flair. The metallic blue body remained much the same as the coupe, except at the rear, where a new round light cluster was employed in the higher and wider tapered tail and rear bumper. The inside of the car remained very much the same although the Zagato model featured a striking red interior with anodised metal surfaces.

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Designed by:
Ian Callum / Norihiko Harada

Based on:
Aston Martin Vanquish

Production years:

Units produced:

Price when new:
Not available for sale

Extruded and bonded aluminium and carbon fibre platform and superstructure

Aluminium and composite body panels

5935cc alloy V12 with twin chain-driven overhead camshafts per bank and four valves per cylinder. Compression ratio 10.5:1. Visteon twin PTEC engine management and fuel injection system. Fully catalysed exhaust system with active bypass valves.

Magnetti-Marelli six-speed manual with auto/select shift, limited slip differential, rear wheel drive.

Front suspension:
Independent with double aluminium wishbones, coil springs, monotube dampers and anti-roll bar.

Rear suspension:
Independent with double aluminium wishbones, coil springs, monotube dampers and anti-roll bar.

19-inch magnesium alloy

Front tyres:
Yokohama 255/40 ZR19

Rear tyres:
Yokohama 285/40 ZR19

Front brakes:
Servo-assisted 355mm ventilated and cross-drilled discs with four-piston callipers. ABS.

Rear brakes:
Servo-assisted 330mm ventilated discs with four-piston callipers. ABS.


Max. power:
460 bhp (343 kW) at 6800 rpm

Max. torque:
542 Nm (400 ft·lb) at 5500 rpm

0-60 mph (97 km/h):

0-100 mph (160 km/h):

Max speed:
186 mph (299 km/h)


2690 mm

Max. Length:
4685 mm

1923 mm

1265 mm

Curb weight:
1835 kg