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August 27, 2014
First Published: 19:02 IST(27/8/2014)
Last Updated: 11:47 IST(28/8/2014)
Aston Martin to introduce new sedan next year
Aston Martin has resurrected its Lagonda nameplate for a small production run of limited-edition super sedans. The new Aston Martin Lagonda, which is set to arrive in the Middle-East in 2015, will be made available to customers on an invitation-only basis. Test mules have recently been spotted, that confirm the sedan is in works.
Styling cues come from the V8-engined Lagonda sedan, launched in 1976, which was designed by William Towns. Underpinning the new car is the company's VH architecture, which is used throughout its current line-up. Official technical details have yet to be released but it is understood that the production models, like the prototypes, will use the 5.9-litre V12 from the Rapide S. In the Rapide, the naturally aspirated V12 produces 550bhp and 63.2kgm, granting a 0-100kph time of less than 5.0sec and a top speed of 306kph. Power will be sent to the rear wheels, most likely via a six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Sales are by invitation only and official pricing has not been released, with Aston Martin simply stating that "it will be commensurate with the car's exclusivity, quality and luxurious nature". The Lagonda will only be offered in the Middle-East due to a "specific market demand".
Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman said: "The new model, like its exclusive siblings the One-77 and V12 Zagato, has been created as a piece of exceptional automotive art. "It has been designed and developed entirely in keeping with the spirit and ethos of previous Lagonda super sedans – notably the William Towns Lagonda – and as a tribute to this car it proudly bears the Lagonda nameplate."
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