Since the 60s, the Shooting Brake car body style has been commonly referred to as 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. Nearly all of the most prestigious English marques include a Shooting Brake model in their model line.
The one-off Aston Martin Virage Zagato Shooting Brake completes the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy to celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. As originally envisioned for Aston Martin's Centennial, Zagato's Trilogy arrives also in time with its own 95th Anniversary.
In 2013, Zagato Atelier paid tribute to Aston Martin's 100th Anniversary with the announcement of the DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial, conceived for the well-known American car collector Peter Read, and the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial, delivered to a young Japanese collector of modern Zagato cars. Both cars were one-off models.
After Zagato's Coupé and Spider, the Shooting Brake marks the natural succession among the most appreciated body styles, both in the Italian and British tradition. The Virage Zagato Shooting Brake was commissioned by a European client who desired an atelier-level, collectible modern car. It is powered by a 5.9L V12 engine that can produce 490 bhp. Top speed is 299 km/h (186 mph). (ultimatecarpage.com)
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