The Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is a “super saloon” that was initially only offered in extremely limited numbers in the Middle East. Believe it or not, the car was so exclusive, you could only purchase one by invitation.
Since then, the folks at Aston Martin have expanded its market availability, if only just. Customers in certain Continental European countries, the United Kingdom and South Africa can buy one, though production is limited to just 200 bespoke models.
This car is an homage to the ultra-exclusive Lagonda four-door that debuted in the mid 1970s. Production ran until 1989 and just 645 chassis were built. Each car took 2,200 man hours to complete.
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At the time of its introduction, the original was quite controversial. People were divided on its styling, plus it was loaded with all kinds of cutting-edge electronics, like computerized controls and a digital instrument cluster, things that, in polite terms, were less than robust.
Luckily, today’s Lagonda should put reliability fears in the rearview mirror. This one rides atop Aston Martin’s versatile VH architecture, which underpins all of their current models. It also features carbon-fiber body panels for tremendous strength and a light weight.
The Lagonda Taraf is hand-built at the company’s facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, a dedicated plant that was also home to the One-77 supercar.
And that level of craftsmanship and attention to detail are immediately obvious inside. The car’s interior is a sight to behold, with sumptuous leather on just about every surface and a spacious back seat.
Like other Aston Martins, this mean machine is powered by a gutsy 6.0-liter V12 engine that puts out 540 hp. Pricing is confidential, but rumor has it they sticker for anywhere between $750,000 and $1 million.
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