- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2002

The DB7 is the fourth Aston Martin for which the Italian coach builder Zagato is making a special version. The first was the DB4 GTZ (1960), which was built by Zagato for the Aston Martin dealer in Milan, Italy, for racing purposes. The lightweight DB4 GTZ had an aluminum body. When Aston Martin saw the result, it ordered Zagato to build a limited-edition production series.

The company that was founded in 1919 by Ugo Zagato originally produced special versions of Italian models. In 1986 it made the Vantage Zagato and in 1987 the Volante Zagato. After more than 15 years, the relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato is renewed with the development of the DB7 Zagato. The car is based on the most successful Aston Martin in the 88-year history of the English sports car.

The aluminum body of the new Zagato rests on the shortened platform of the DB7 Vantage. The result is a car 133 pounds lighter. This version has more horsepower than the standard DB7 Vantage.

It is not known yet how much power the aluminum 6-liter, V-12, 48-valve engine will produce, nor is it known what the maximum torque will be.

In combination with the lower curb weight, the Zagato must be able to accelerate faster than the standard DB7 that performs from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. What we do know is that the Zagato will get the standard close-ratio six-speed stick shift and another differential. Other changes: wider-track modified front and rear suspension, and upgraded anti-lock brakes.

The Aston Martin DB7 Zagato will be shown to potential customers at private meetings and will be built on special order. Aston Martin expects to be able to sell 75 to 99 cars, the first of which will be delivered to its owner at the beginning of 2003.

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