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Shut up and take my money: Aston Martin puts Vanquish Zagato into production

The most beautiful concept of the year gets a small-batch production run.

These taillights aren't taillights, they're works of art.

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Anything is possible if you have loads of money. Take, for example, Aston Martin's Vanquish Zagato concept. After debuting its latest concept, customers basically threw themselves at Aston's feet, promising to buy one if it's ever put into production. Now, hey, what do you know, Aston found a way to make that happen. Money talks, friends.

Aston Martin will produce just 99 of these drop-dead-gorgeous automobiles, based on the standard Vanquish. The Zagato's 6.0-liter, 12-cylinder engine has been massaged to produce about 592 horsepower, which should push this car to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The suspension's also been modified for a "unique" driving experience, whatever Aston means by that.

But the real meat and potatoes of this car lies in its design. Simply put, it's a stunner. It utilizes Zagato's trademark round taillights, and the body panels are all made from carbon fiber. Elements of other Aston Martins appear in its design, as well, like the side mirrors based on the One-77 and the rear profile that reminds me of the new DB11. It's like a greatest-hits album, except way more expensive.

The interior is equally spiffy. Carbon fiber appears in a herringbone pattern, alongside a bit of bronze and, if the buyer desires, aniline leather on the vents and rotary dials. Zagato's Z is emblazoned on the headrests, and a Z pattern is stitched into the seat backs.

Deliveries begin in the first quarter of 2017, and if you're interested in buying one, you're probably already too late.