It might not have been the first time it has been seen by the public but the European debut of the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was undoubtedly one of the main attractions at the Geneva Motor Show.
The limited edition supercar (just 150 are to be built) will cost £330,000 when it goes on sale later this year. It has revived a famous automotive association between the Warwickshire sports car maker and the Italian design house. The car also produces blistering performance, with a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510bhp.
Aston Martin chief Dr Ulrich Bez described the V12 Zagato as “a celebration of both Aston Martin’s heritage and its future. Our relationship with Zagato stretches back more than 50 years,” he said. “We have created a series of very special cars.’’
China looks set to remain central to Aston Martin’s plans with a further 13 dealerships due to open there and this year will also see the revised V8 Vantage range.
The open top Range Rover Evoque was also revealed as a concept which could become the world’s first premium convertible SUV.
The new take on the top selling Evoque – built on Merseyside – is a four-seat luxury car with a drop down tailgate creating a completely exposed interior.
Based on the three-door Evoque Coupe, Land Rover says the convertible is rigid enough to make it as capable off-road as the traditional model.