For years we talked about evolution when it came to Aston Martin - evolution of design, evolution of the same engines and evolution of technology. No matter how good a new model might have been, it was easy to find oneself justifying its existence while other brands were introducing products that were even more exciting. Aston has made good and bad models just the same as it has had good and bad times, but today it is on a mission, thanks in part to a new captain in the form of CEO Andy Palmer and the company’s Second Century plan. This plan has so far provided the stunning new DB11 and the impressive return to the sports car fold in the form of the new Vantage. There’s more to come too and we were fortunate to get a rare look at the Pilot Line production line at the Gaydon factory in the UK where the first of just 99 Zagato Shooting Brake models were being produced. Some of the Zagato models, which also include coupe and convertible versions, already have owners awaiting their arri...

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