The Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1 of 2003 came about through
a combination of efforts between Aston Martin and the
coachbuilding company Zagato.
The Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1 was, in the words of Dr
Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin "... a concept car
that has been designed with the Californian weather in
mind and is a Roadster in the proper tradition, with no
hood and space for just two people."
The first three show vehicles were sold by Aston Martin
in a three week tour of the US.
The Aston Martin DB American Roadster 1 (DB AR1) is derived
from the Aston
Martin DB7. The concept was based on the DB7
Vantage Volante (convertible) platform and featured
a wide array of aesthetic changes.
The Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1 had a larger front grille
and more powerful wheel arches which gave the car a muscular,
Under the bonnet of the Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1 was
a six-litre, 435 bhp, V12 engine. This unit featured minor
modifications which improved both power and torque outputs
compared to the DB7 vantage V12.
To further enhance performance the DB AR1 was fitted with
an AP twin plate clutch, quick-shift gear lever (borrowed
from the DB7
GT), active sports exhaust, large Brembo brakes and
19 inch wheels.
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Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Lagonda Vignale
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston V12 Vantage RS
Aston Martin Jet 2
Aston Martin DB-ONE