Aston Martin V12 Zagato Is Hand-Built Heaven

We don't often write about cars here at SlashGear, so they have to be pretty sublime to make it onto the frontpage. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato slots neatly into that category, thanks to a 6.0-litre V12 510bhp engine of Aston Martin's creation, clad in a bespoke suit by exclusive coachbuilder Zagato.

That suit is more complicated than the sinuous curves might suggest. Each front wing in fact consists of seven pieces, formed using an English wheel and traditionally crafted body bucks and then combined; the distinctive bubble-roof took five pieces itself.

Best of all, this isn't some museum show-piece that will never get above 5mph. Zagato has outfitted the V12 with a steel roll cage, front and rear double wishbone suspension with fully adjustable Multimatic DSSV Dampers, and a 120ltr endurance racing fuel tank. No word on pricing, but as of May 28 the car will be hurtling around the Nürburgring in advance of a 24hr race in June.

[via Top Gear]