Aston Martin confirms Zagato and admits stock flotation on the cards
After a week of speculation, Aston Martin has confirmed it will produce a limited edition run of the road-going Zagato it revealed in May.
Aston says there has been "overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers" which was sufficient to green light a 150-car run of the V12-engined model that will cost from £330,000 before taxes.
The new car will be built at Gaydon when production begins next summer. The firm has suggested the Zagato will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
Along with the introduction of the new range-topper (One-77 aside), Aston Martin has also faced questions about a possible stock market flotation.
With a bigger product portfolio than ever it has been suggested that the company may consider and initial public offering to access further investment capital.
Speaking at a press conference this week, Aston's CEO Ulrich Bez told reporters that the brand is considering an IPO, but would 'need to pick the right window'.
Aston Martin has just extended an engine deal with Ford and is pursuing a new dealership network in the fast-expanding Chinese market.
A company spokesperson has dismissed speculation that the manufacturer may be about to seek a listing on the Hong Kong stock market, but conceded that the IPO was a continuing 'aspiration'.