The Virage Shooting Brake Zagato was a special project of Zagato Atelier to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th birthday, but also a way to celebrate 95 years of Zagato (Ugo Zagato began his coachbuilding career in 1919). The Virage Shooting Brake is the third and the latest addition to the Centennial Trilogy. In 2013, the DBS Coupé Zagato and the DB9 Spyder were already unveiled. The Virage Shooting Brake Zagato made his debut at the Chantilly Art & Elegance Concours d’Elegence (France) on the 7th September 2014 and was special built for an European customer.
The Virage Shooting brake shares the same styling treatment as the DBS Zagato and the DB9 Spyder. The styling was intended to recall iconic Aston Martins from the 1970s and 1980s, such as the DBS, V8 Vantage, and V8 Virage. The snub nose penned by Zagato’s designers (under lead of Norihiko Harada, Zagato’s Chief Designer) gives it a character all its own and a more aggressive personality, while still retaining an air of elegance, as any Aston Martin should. Its front-end design carries through to the rear, where Zagato fitted unique taillights that mimic the design of the headlights, as well as a similarly squared-off tail.
The interior remained largely unchanged and also mechanically the car is unaltered and retains the standard 490 horsepower AM25 spec V12 engine, six speed Touchtronic 2 transmission and carbon ceramic brake discs.
The Shooting Brake body has had different meanings throughout automotive history. Since the 60s, however, it commonly refers to a luxury coupé, rigorously-styled with two doors and a functional boot space. This body was created to accommodate drivers’ sport and leisure passions, such as hunting or golf, while providing the exciting driving experience of a fast and exclusive GT.
The three different Zagato’s from the Centennial Trilogy representing three different donor cars (DBS, DB9 Volante and Virage), three different bodystyles (Spider, Coupe and Shooting Brake) for buyers across three different continents (America, Asia and now Europe).