DB7 Zagato
DB7 Zagato

DB7 Zagato


Following the unveiling of the prototype in August 2002,  orders for every one of the 99 cars were accepted and production of the DB7 Zagato began in mid 2003. The new car was based on a shortened DB7 Vantage Volante platform (60mm shorter wheelbase, 24mm from the front overhang and 127mm from the rear), the lighter-weight car (1740kg, 60kg lighter than standard car), was estimated to be capable of around 190 mph and able to reach 60 mph in comfortably under 5 seconds.

DB7 Zagato

The engine is a modified version of the familiar 5.9 litre V12 with a new exhaust system to produce an output of around 435 bhp. The modified DB7 Vantage Volante chassis was built in the UK, then shipped out to Milan for Zagato to hand fit the body panels, mostly of aluminium. So, thankfully, even in 2003, Aston Martin were still offering a ‘coachbuilt’ car in the best traditions of Newport Pagnell. With the reduction in length, the rear seats were deleted and the boot was rather small too – the Zagato is strictly a two seater. The DB7 Zagato was the first Aston Martin to use Aniline leather as standard in place of the more durable pigmented leather.

Distinguishing features on the Zagato car include a new deeper variation on the classic AM grille design; the rear also mimicking the grille shape and a wonderfully shaped rear screen which my daughter christened ‘the sunglasses’. Whilst both the headlights and front lights are straight from the standard car, the rear lights are pure Italian. Of course, the trademark Zagato ‘double bubble’ roof is a strong feature. The boot panel is an unusual drop down type.

All 99 production cars found happy owners, and a 100th car, a pre-production example was retained by the factory and can occasionally be seen at the Gaydon factory, BMHT museum also at Gaydon or the with the AMHT collection at the Barn

Below, are some very rare photographs were taken at the new AM Gaydon facility during the 2003 AMOC open day. Although the DB7 Zagato was supposed to be being built at the nearby Bloxham factory, these completed bodyshells were photographed both in the new class leading paint shop and in the storage facility prior to being taken to Bloxham for assembly.

The above DB7 Zagato, chassis 100, was retained by Aston Martin and is cared for by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust at their museum in Oxfordshire.

A rare sight of two DB7 Zagatos taken at the 2019 DB7 Celebration Event

All rights to supply parts for the DB7 Zagato are now held by the Dutch Aston Martin Heritage specialist, Noble House.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two door, 2 seat, Zagato coupe.  
    • Shortened steel Volante underframe clothed by Zagato manufactured body panels. 
    • Steel roof and rear wings, 
    • Aluminium front wings, doors and bonnet. 
    • Composite sill covers, front and rear aprons
    • Side impact protection in doors
  • Interior:
    • Full Bridge of Weir aniline leather with various veneer set including carbon fibre
    • Sports seats as standard with Alcantara centre panels
    • Aluminium air-conditioning panel switches, aluminium full length sill plates, aluminium GT gear knob
    • Parchment dials & clock
  • Engine:
    • V12 60° all aluminium alloy. Four overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder. Full Load recalibration for fuel and ignition. Engine number prefix AM2A/
    • Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm.  Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.3:1
    • Compression ratio 10.3:1
    • Max power 435 bhp @ 6000rpm
    • Max torque 410 lb/ft @ 5000rpm
    • Twin EECV engine management system with multi-point sequential fuel injection and ‘Coil on Plug’ ignition system
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with 4 Oxygen sensors / three-way catalytic convertors, exhaust gas recirculation, Evaporative loss purge
    • Active sports exhaust system with rear muffler by- pass valves. The system is closed between 1500 and 3500 rpm
  • Transmission:
    • Tremec T56, six speed manual gearbox
    • Final Drive, GKN Powerlock limited slip differential. Final drive ratio 4.09 : 1
    • Quickshift gear change with higher fulcrum point, reduction in shift displacement of 16%.
    • AP twin plate racing clutch (228mm), provides 22% reduction in pedal effort with Friction pad area is 24% greater.
    • One single example especially built with Touchtronic transmission
  • Steering:
    • Rack and pinion , power assisted 2.76 turns, lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustments
    • Colour keyed steering wheel
    • Addition of lateral snubber washers to steering rack. Improved rack location provides an increase in positive steering in-put and feedback
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • Unique lightweight aluminium alloy wheels 8J x 18 (front), 9J x 18 (rear)
    • Pirelli 225/40 ZR P Zero Rosso (front), Pirelli 275/35 ZR P Zero Rosso (rear)
  • Suspension:
    • Front:    Independent double wishbone, coil springs, mono-tube dampers with anti-roll bar.
    • Rear:     Independent double wishbone with longitudinal control arms, coil springs, mono-tube dampers. With anti-roll bar
    • Revised damper settings and new front damper top mounts.  Change from linear to digressive damping
    • Stiffer bushes (55∞ to 65∞).  Improved location of the front lower wishbone to deliver better lateral control/handling.
    • Improved location of the front sub frame provides better lateral control/handling. Additional snubbers for 6 shooter bushes fitted.
    • Front suspension bump stop lowered by 3mm.  Increased wheel movement improves the ride quality.
    • An additional brace has been added to the rear lower suspension offering increased stability by reducing toe out under braking.
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Brembo, 355mm grooved steel discs with four piston calipers. uprated Pagid RS 4-2-1 front pads
    • Rear: Brembo, 330mm grooved steel discs with four piston calipers, and integral drum hand brake. Textar pads
    • Teves Mk 20 anti-lock braking system with traction control
    • Silver Coloured brake calipers
    • An uprated brake booster unit – as used on the V12 Vanquish
  • Dimensions:
    • Length 4,488 mm
    • Width 1861 mm excluding wing mirrors
    • Height 1,248 mm
    • Kerb Weight 1,850 kg
    • Wheelbase: 2,531 mm.
    • Fuel tank capacity: 82 litres 
    • Front Track: 1536 mm 
    • Rear Track: 1550 mm 
  • Performance:
    • Acceleration  0- 62 m.p.h  5.0 seconds 
    • Maximum speed: 184 mph 
  • Price at launch:
    • Prices at launch (April 2003): £166,000