What do you get when you combine a classic and popular marque, an extremely limited production run, unconventional styling and a massive engine? You get the 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato! Only 50 of these exceptional vehicles were ever built, plus 25 convertibles, making it one of the rarest and most collectible Aston Martins since the war. Its weird styling, strange windows, bubble roof, and hood scoops and bumps were far from pleasing everyone, but few could argue with the performance. Despite its strange shape, or perhaps because of it, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato boasted a 0.29 drag coefficient, which is spectacular even by today’s standard, and helped it reach its eye-popping 186 mph top speed (that’s 298 km/h, for those counting!)
Powered by 5.3-liter, 90-degree V8 that produced 475 horsepower, not only could the Zagato achieve an incrediple top speed, but the torque-heavy engine could also push the big car to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, a figure that today’s fastest cars would regard with respect.
Like all sports car of the era, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato relied on a five-speed manual transmission to drive all that power to the rear wheels; it also featured a fully independent suspension and the fat disc breaks needed to bring it to a stop.
The Aston Martin V8 Zagato was a magnet for car speculators, and despite the financial crash, they retained their value, thanks in great part to their performance and rarity