Collective amazement when Aston Martin’s Lagonda was revealed to an unsuspecting world was matched only by collective disappointment that it was conceived to be sold in the Middle East only. How could Aston Martin tantalise with such a fresh, bold and luxurious high performance saloon, only to deny it to customers around the globe?
It appears that Aston’s brand new CEO Andy Palmer may take a similar view. Yesterday – at the launch of the new model in Dubai (where it’s going to be called the Aston Martin Taraf) – he let it be known that interest has been ‘extremely high’, and that ‘I can confirm we are also evaluating the opportunity to offer this Lagonda in other markets.’
Presumably the next big markets are China and the States, so how soon we might expect to see them sold in the UK (if at all) we’re really not sure – and Aston isn’t saying. But what we do know is that production is going to be limited to just 200 units and that Aston Martin told us that it’s ‘too early to say’ if any of these will be right hand drive.
If you need a reminder, the new four-door features Aston’s 5.9-litre V12 and will be capable of 200-ish mph and a zero-to-sixty time of below four seconds, which should get the VIP in the back to wherever they’re going about as quickly as is possible on four wheels. There’s a little bit more about it here…