Aston Martin already revealed the 2015 Lagonda super saloon, its brand new vehicle that will be exclusively sold in the Middle East on an invitation-only basis. Still, we didn’t know how the interior of the new vehicle will look like. Today, the British manufacturer unveiled the first photos with the interior and as expected, it is remarkable.
Nothing new here, but the dashboard looks almost identical to the Rapide, while the rest of the interior was designed by Aston Martin’s Q division a.k.a. the brand’s bespoke customization division.
Regarding the exterior design, this is inspired by the 1976 Lagonda and based on the flexible VH architecture. Under the hood, we expect to find the same 6.0-liter V12 found on the Rapide S, which means the vehicle is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine.
On the Rapide S, the V12 engine develops 552 bhp and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque. Bolted to a Touchtronic III 8-soeed automatic transmission, the Rapide S is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds), while top speed is in excess of 200 mph or 320 km/h. The 2015 Lagonda is expected to be as fast as the Rapide S.
Aston Martin announced that it is once again making the Lagonda Taraf available but in a limited offering. Only 200 units of the model will be released. Aston Martin already has a number of special projects released prior to this revival that includes the CC100 Speedster Concept, One-77, V12 Zagato, Vantage GT3 special edition, and Vulcan supercar.
The Lagonda Taraf was launched late last year in Dubai and was made available only for Middle East buyers. One of the most well-known offerings from Aston Martin has been the William Towns-designed 1976 Lagonda.
This served as the inspiration of the new saloon especially with the flexible VH architecture. As expected from Aston Martin releases, it also comes with the standard offerings like the advanced engineering techniques and body panels made of carbon fiber. Hand-built by the best at people at the Gaydon, Warwickshire facility, it is the same facility where the One-77 was made.
With the V12 6.0-liter engine, the super saloon will only be made available through the VIP sales programme. Thus the actual price will remain to be confidential and each unit is likely to have different price amounts that will mainly depend on the quality of each unit.
Aston Martin will also offers successful buyers the opportunity to customize it to suit their needs through the Q service. According to Dr. Andy Palmer, who was appointed in 2014 as Aston martin’s CEO, the company expects that after the announcement, there will be a number of customers who will likely express their interest in this model especially those who want to have the Lagonda as part of their collections.
Palmer added that not only will successful buyers be able to have a car that has its own unique style but it will also have something of historical value considering that the new super saloon follows in the footsteps of the William Towns Lagonda.
Another highlight of the Lagonda is that it was manufactured to be a right-hand drive model, meaning it will have an opportunity in the future to be released in the UK market, which is its 'home ground,' Palmer concludes.