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The Zagato AGTZ Twin Tail Is A European Sports Car With A Detachable Butt

Zagato Agtz Twin Tail Topshot 3
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Do you have several kilograms of 100 Euro notes tearing your pockets at the seams and have a hard time choosing between body styles? Are you bewitched by the allure of long-tail aerodynamic specials yet not sure if you want to look at one all the time? Are you particularly fond of the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Renault Espace? Well, good news. This is the Zagato AGTZ Twin Tail, and its back end comes off to make it shorter.

Zagato is one of the more polarizing coachbuilders of the past 100 years, responsible for both gorgeous streamlined shapes like the “Sanction Lost” Porsche 356 I wrote about the other week and exercises in awkwardness like the Diatto Ottovù Zagato. The Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB Zagato unveiled by the company in 2022 is certainly a love-it-or-hate-it proposition, so this latest coachbuilt creation could’ve landed anywhere on the map.

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The AGTZ Twin Tail moves the needle back towards striking with an unusual detachable longtail that lets owners choose between Le Mans looks or a rakish kammtail silhouette. Of course, the Zagato signature double-bubble roof is on full display here, but beyond that, it offers just the right amount of retro to look classic-inspired without seeming like a pastiche.

Zagato Agtz Twin Tail Tail Off

It certainly helps that beneath the wild coachwork lie some highly regarded bones. The lightweight Alpine A110 sports car serves as a base for this latest Zagato creation, and from what everyone who’s driven it has said, it seems absolutely fabulous. Factory curb weight clocks in at just 2,432 pounds, and with 249 horsepower on board, a stock Alpine A110 is good for a zero-to-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds. Quick? Tick.

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Zagato Agtz Twin Tail Rear Overhead

Of course, the Alpine A110 base probably means that the Zagato AGTZ Twin Tail probably won’t be coming to America anytime soon. Due to its limited status and collector value, it’s possible this low-volume coachbuilt sports car can be subject to petitioning for show and display, but even if it gets a limited pass through NHTSA, it would still have to meet EPA import eligibility requirements.

Plymouth Voyager Iii

Weirdly, this isn’t the only time someone’s played around with the idea of a car with a detachable butt. Back in 1989, Plymouth unveiled a concept car called the Voyager III, which looked a bit like if Dr. Seuss designed a minivan. It was a six-wheeled stadium-seat behemoth until the rear end was detached, at which point it became a compact urban runabout. However, unlike the Voyager III, wealthy patrons can actually buy the Zagato AGTZ Twin Tail, rather than just gawk at it on auto show stands.

Zagato Agtz Twin Tail Front

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Zagato Agtz Twin Tail Topshot

The Zagato AGTZ Twin Tail won’t be cheap, with prices starting at €650,000. However, with just 19 on the docket for production, it’s difficult to doubt that Zagato will sell every last one of them. The whole concept of a car with a detachable butt is gloriously bonkers, the sort of oddity we’re glad exists.

(Photo credits: Zagato, Plymouth)

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The F--kshambolic Cretinoid Harvey Park
The F--kshambolic Cretinoid Harvey Park
1 month ago

That Voyager is like the human centipede of minivans.

David Escargot
David Escargot
1 month ago

That is actually one of the better looking cars released by anyone of recent when viewed in isolation ie not as inspired by something or a copy of another thing

Last edited 1 month ago by David Escargot
Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago

I would prefer the Voyager III. THAT monstrosity Zagato looks good without the but lift but paying an additional $600,000 to have the ability to make the cat look like crap isn’t worth it. It looks like a baby walking g around with a poop filled diaper.

Anders
Anders
1 month ago

Compared to the inspiration, the Alpine 220, this is such an eyesore. So many unecessary lines and shapes without any meaning or intention.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago

This thing is amazing. If we can get some drag coefficient data, it may prove to be a better McClaren Speedtail than an actual McClaren Speedtail, which has a surprisingly mediocre 0.28, thanks to all those damned vents, creases, and oversized wheels, but the overall shape has potential to go much lower if you cast aesthetics aside. Note the 1967 Panhard CD Peugeot 66C has a 0.13 Cd with the extended tail, and a 0.20 without the extended tail, for comparison, to get an idea of how low you can go on this metric while retaining a functional sports car.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
1 month ago

Why would you want to remove it?
Sir Mix-a-Lot does not approve.

Strangek
Strangek
1 month ago

That car looks awesome. I’d just leave the long tail on all the time, looks way cooler that way.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago

Me: “this is bullshit”
Matt: “Adrian, can you elaborate for our members?”
Me: “No”

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Adrian, can you elaborate for Matt?

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

I choose to see it as a more bonkers version of those cheesy-but-alluring rear seat caps that some race- or cafe-racer- replica bikes sometimes come with (I have a thing for the Triumph Thruxton). But at least those can be removed/installed by a single person.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I choose to see it as a shittier version of something a second year design student might come up with.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

As long as it is functional(drag reduction and/or stability), I’m all for it. For this particular car, I guess the jury is still out on that…

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago
Reply to  Toecutter

It’s the sort of idea that students keep coming up with. But like this the execution nearly always fails.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago
Reply to  Toecutter

I never liked the big nosed Thunderbird and this poop filled diaper is even worse.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

If I knew how to do it, I’d totally do a .gif animation starting with the short-tail car, and then animate the tail extending as if it were a diaper filling with poop, and used the .gif animated image to make a short 5-10 second video with the accompanying sound effects of it being filled.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago
Reply to  Toecutter

Didn’t Mercedes do a concept with extendable aero surfaces? It’s like everything, there are no free lunches. If you have moveable surfaces you got added weight and complication.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA

I’m not a fan of active aero because it adds complexity/more things to break. I prefer to have a fixed slippery shape from the start.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
1 month ago
Reply to  Toecutter

One of the ideas I had for my undergrad final major project was a track car with moveable aero. But I was thinking more along the lines of panels that would change shape when a current was applied to them. In the end I decided it would be too difficult to demonstrate on a quarter scale model and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was a strong enough idea.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago
Reply to  Toecutter

Me too we don’t have that here yet.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Hey we finally have a Venn Diagram with two overlapping pie charts.

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
1 month ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

But really, who HASN’T strapped a fake ass on themselves once or twice…

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas Metcalf

Nobody,

10001010
10001010
1 month ago

Didn’t King Missile have a song about Detachable Butt? No, wait, that was a different body part.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 month ago
Reply to  10001010

Glad I’m not the only one who remembers that.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
1 month ago
Reply to  10001010

Boy that brings back memories.

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
1 month ago
Reply to  10001010

I’ve been impatiently waiting for my kids to finally be old enough to introduce them to that song.

10001010
10001010
1 month ago

That’s responsible parenting 😉

My Goat Ate My Homework
My Goat Ate My Homework
1 month ago
Reply to  10001010

Maybe the part where I wait. But, really, in the long run I will be responsible for their exposure to the likes of this song along with such classics as Piece of Shit Car by Adam Sandler and probably the entire works of Wesley Willis. So, maybe net-neutral on parenting at the end.

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
1 month ago
Reply to  10001010

I actually thought someone had a song called Detachable Butt before reading your comment and googled “detachable butt”. Yeah, don’t do that.

10001010
10001010
1 month ago
Reply to  DialMforMiata

TOO LATE!!! O.O

Last edited 1 month ago by 10001010
Mike F.
Mike F.
1 month ago

Nice looking car, overall. The detachable butt is a great idea, and one has to consider the idea of a car with a variety of interchangeable butts. A short butt for easy city parking, a slightly longer butt for looking cool while cruising, maybe a big butt with a big trunk for hauling stuff. All kinds of possibilities here!

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike F.

Okay detachable butt to add a trunk space but ugly as a crap filled diaper.

Totally not a robot
Totally not a robot
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike F.

So a big butt with enough room for all that junk…. Inside your trunk?

Angrycat Meowmeow
Angrycat Meowmeow
1 month ago

Kinda reminds me of when a lizard gets scared and yeets its tail off

Pisco Sour
Pisco Sour
1 month ago

Missed name opportunity: Zagato Gecko

Fjord
Fjord
1 month ago

Mandatory ‘Hold on to your butts’ quote.

I don’t always love what Zagato is pitching, but this is pretty hot.

ADDvanced
ADDvanced
1 month ago

As an aero nerd, I think this is an awesome idea. If you’re interested in learning about kammbacks and other aero trickery, highly suggest you check out Julian on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/@JulianEdgar

I wonder if he’ll do an episode on this…

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