The world premiere of the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato, which took place at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 this past weekend on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, was marked by the design award for Concept Cars and Prototypes. The conceptual model, which was created to celebrate the Aston Martin and Zagato partnership in the 50th anniversary year of the famous DB4GT Zagato, won the approval of the visitors to the Concorso D’Eleganza event.
The competition in the Concept Cars and Prototypes category included BMW’s new 328 Homage Roadster, the Ferrari Superamerica 45, Audi Quattro, Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake, Infiniti Etherea, Italdesign VW GO!, Rinspeed Bamboo, Renault DeZir and the Scuderia P4/5.
The concept model’s next appearance will be on the tarmac at the Nürburgring 24 hour race in June where Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez will lead a team of drivers that will compete in two specially developed examples of the V12 Zagato. A production version of the car is also in the cards.
“Based on the reactions of our customers to this race car, we hope to offer a road-homologated V12 Zagato in a small, limited number as soon as possible,” said Dr. Ulrich Bez.
The other winners of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 were a 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, which was awarded the Trofeo BMW Group, and with it “best of show” honors, while the Coppa d’Oro prize decided by public referendum went to an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS from 1942. For the first time ever, the organizers also gave an award for the best motorcycle that went to an American Pierce Four from 1910.