2015 Aston Martin Lagonda shows every angle during hot weather testing in Middle east

Article by Christian A., on September 7, 2014

Last month, the 2015 Aston Martin Lagonda super saloon headed to the Middle East for hot weather testing and the finals version was revealed by Omain Air and not the by the British manufacturer. Still, Aston Martin unveiled today the first official photos with the 2015 Lagonda.

The photos show the testing vehicle from every angle and honestly to tell you we are impressed by its design. The 2015 Aston Martin Lagonda super saloon is inspired by the 1976 Lagonda and is based on the flexible VH architecture. Under its long hood, we find the same 6.0-liter V12 that powers the Rapide S, which means that the beating heart is a 6.0-liter V12 engine.

Although we don’t know that output delivered on the Lagonda, the V12 engine generates 552 bhp and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque on the Rapide S. As a result, it pushes the four-door coupe form 0 to 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.

We expect the 2015 Lagonda to be as fast at the Rapide S as the vehicle features carbon fiber panels but also the Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power is delivered to the rear wheels.

The upcoming super saloon will be available exclusively in the Middle East and on an invitation-only basis. In addition, it will be hand-built at company’s plant in Gaydon, same place where the One-77 supercar was built.

When the Lagonda Taraf was unveiled by Aston Martin in Dubai in 2014, the car was initially offered to Middle Eastern customers. The carmaker’s finest craftsmen and women are building only 200 examples of the Lagonda Taraf at Aston Martin's state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Gaydon, Warwickshire, in a building previously dedicated to the One-77 supercar.

Lagonda’s return to production comes as Aston Martin indulges into other bespoke special projects like Aston Martin Vulcan supercar, One-77, V12 Zagato Vantage GT3 special edition, and the CC100 Speedster Concept. Underpinned by Aston Martin’s VH architecture, the Lagonda Taraf is inspired by the 1976 Lagonda that was designed by William Towns. In addition, the new Lagonda Taraf employs the same groundbreaking engineering techniques employed in modern Aston Martin sports cars, like the extensive use of carbon fiber body panels.

Powered by a 6.0-liter V12-engine, the Lagonda Taraf is being offered to potential customers through the carmaker’s VIP sales program. The exact price remains unknown to the public, although it is expected that each Lagonda Taraf will have a different price because of high levels of bespoke content. Customers could optionally personalize the Lagonda Taraft through the Q by Aston Martin bespoke service.

Palmer remarked that following the announcement, Aston Martin expects quick expressions of interest from customers around the world for the new Lagonda Taraf. He noted that these customers would also recognize this Lagonda Taraf as a piece of auto history, as it follows in the tracks of the William Towns Lagonda. Palmer added that Aston Martin was able to engineer Lagonda for right-hand drive markets, which means the super saloon will be road legal in the United Kingdom.

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