Aston Martin reveals Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged

By JAY WONG | 4 December 2020

LONDON: R-Reforged revealed the first brace of cars created to celebrate Zagato’s centenary - the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged.

Making their debut are the first pair of Twins, which are prototypes specified by Andrea and Marella Zagato and reserved for the private Zagato collection.

Exclusively available as a pair in Coupé and Speedster form, just 19 pairs will be hand-built at R-Reforged’s new 2,800 square metre facility in Warwick, UK.

Styled at Zagato’s Milan headquarters, the iconic Italian design house has evolved the 2011 Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Coupé to form and created a new, pure Speedster twin.

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Both body styles will be fully clothed in carbon fibre with a new splitter and wings at the front end as well as a sleeker tail that possesses active aero.

The Twins can be bespoked in either matching or individual designs thanks to one-to-one sessions with designers and engineers.

“The essence of this project was to create a perfect ‘garage’, comprising of two desirable and collectable cars; Coupé and Roadster,” said Andrea Zagato.

“Limited to just 19 pairs, a significant number, recalling the year Zagato was formed, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged mark a remarkable milestone for the Milanese atelier.

Nothing less than an up-tuned 5.9-litre V12 will be found under the long hood, ready to deliver almost 600bhp (+80bhp) to the rear wheels thanks to the addition of a performance aluminium air intake and Titanium exhaust system.

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Ride height has been reduced by 10mm before stretching its track width by 20mm - lowering its centre of gravity and upping its corner-carving abilities simultaneously.

Each corner will feature 19-inch wheels with a centre-lock forged by Formula One supplier APP Tech, with an increased offset for a more "flush" fitment before getting wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.

R-Reforged is now able to offer a full-body ‘visual carbon’ finish as a further option which will require a 400-hour process.

This includes the carbon fibre parts being coated in a bespoke lacquer to provide UV stability prior to tuning both the colour and density of the tint to any shade requested.

Alternatively, the body paint colour can be matched to any sample, whether matt, satin or gloss.

Inside, owners can expect nothing less than Bridge of Weir’s finest Grade A leather with an almost infinite range of colours, bespoke patterns and textures.

Choices to-date include a mottled surface texture, just like that of a pebble, and gloss leather to complement the exterior body finish.

There's also colour-matched horn push button on the steering wheel, the first time in the Vantage’s history that has been done.

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Other examples include a sleeker, longer windscreen for the Speedster and retooling the entire carpet boot moulding for added durability.

Each car takes a team of 12 craftspeople 16 weeks to assemble.

All cars are extensively stripped, analysed and thoroughly refreshed before receiving over 500 new components.

Underlining the ownership experience is a series of specially tailored gifts for owners.

This starts with a Twins carbon fibre presentation case that catalogues specification details using scale models and samples.

Customers will continue to receive a stream of themed gifts, invitations and experiences throughout their ownership.

Ensuring the cars’ performance matches the build quality and finish, the prototype cars will be used to determine final geometry, damper settings and spring settings at Spain’s IDIADA test facility early in 2021.

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Before then, these Twins, which are ultimately destined to reside in Zagato’s private collection, will be on display at the flagship Aston Martin St. Gallen dealership in Switzerland until early 2021 before embarking on a global tour including the US and Europe.

"Despite having created over 450 models since our formation, we chose Aston Martin, which has surely been our most prestigious partner over the last 50 years, to mark this celebration. The cooperation with R-Reforged ensured that we could create an instant classic,” added Zagato.

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