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2016 Lagonda Taraf Made for the Rich and the Famous

2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf

Aston Martin has hand-built this $1-million Lagonda Taraf sedan that targets eccentric multi-billionaires who are willing to shell out that much money on a car that is less than the Mercedes-Maybach S600.

If you can remember the Aston Martin DB9 coupe and the Rapide sedan, then you will be familiar with the aluminum-intensive VH architecture where the 2016 Lagonda Taraf is built from. Basically, it’s the Rapide with a 7.9-inch wheelbase stretch and more formal roofline with carbon-fiber body panels.

The engine is a 540-hp version of the 6.0-liter V-12 that was used back in 1999 during the Ford-era of the Aston Martin. True to its roots, the V-12 is still built in the bespoke facility at Ford’s Niehl engine plant in Cologne, Germany. The engine is connected through a torque tube to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission mounted between the rear wheels.

As a result, the engine can peak at 6,650 rpm and has a peak torque of 465 lb/ft at 5,500 rpm. Since this is basically a DB9 and Rapide combined, the Taraf feels like an Aston Martin stretch limo. Drive wise, it doesn’t have that ultra-luxury feel that should come with a $1-million price tag.

Instead, the steering feels too lively while the engine’s too vocal. Also, the ride’s too firm and there’s too much road noise when driving. Coincidentally, the big Lagonda is an easier drive on the road than the Taraf. This is a surprise since the Lagonda tends to feel bulky and heavy.

The powertrain in the Taraf isn’t as impressive as when it was used in the DB9, but it still has that elastic, almost turbine-like surge of power reminiscent of the V-12. When handled, you can fill that the Taraf has a good grip with minimal roll and long wheelbase damps fore-aft pitching.

The interior, on the other hand, is typical Aston Martin. It has near-illegible instruments, console-mounted push-button transmission controls, and the Rube Goldberg infotainment interface. There’s also an HDD satnav system and 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system.

Aston Martin Vulcan Lands and Wows Everyone

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You may want to change your laptop and phone wallpapers now with the Aston Martin Vulcan as it lands to wow just about every living thing on the planet.

But, of course, if you’re one of the 24 lucky customers who managed to shell out £1.8 million for Aston’s 820 bhp, 7.0-liter V12-engined ode to the tracks, then you’ll get a firsthand experience on how to maneuver the Vulcan.

Hold still, though, the company just doesn’t hand you over the keys to this kind of powerful machine. It teaches you to fall into it by tutoring you how to handle the Aston martin V12 Vantage S and the Vantage GT4 racer first.

The first set of customers has undergone the same process, the company said, which took place at Abu Dhabi’s Formula One circuit. Each driver was given a passenger-side instruction to learn each lap. They were tested day and night to experience the car in different conditions.

The Aston Martin Vulcan is basically a high-end machine created for thrill-seeking billionaires. And although it is prudent to talk about the car’s oil system, it is also worth noting that the Vulcan has a plug-and-play lubrication system, making it possible to do a full oil change in 10 seconds.

Fraser Dunn, chief engineer of Aston’s Aston’s Q Advanced Operations Center in Wellingsbourne, England, said that Castrol’s Nexcel system was used in the Vulcan. The system is a box that includes both oil and filter elements to effective act as reservoir for a dry-sump lubrication system.

It allows the machine to offer a mess-free oil change by simply removing a Nexcel unit and putting in a new one. The system cuts maintenance times, especially since a car like this can be stored for extended periods between runs in the tracks.

Only 24 of these track-exclusive machines were released to adventure-lover billionaires, so seeing one on a track is a sure way to get your blood pumping.

Source: TopGear

Oman gets a taste of Aston Martin Lagonda 2015

Life is unfair, both off the roads and on the roads! Why else would some fortunate ones get to see the ultimate new creation by Aston Martin running the length of Oman. This one has left so many vehicle lovers fuming! Why should some people be so lucky, we can hear then exclaim! And it is quite understandable. Imagine the absolutely ravishing new Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 raging through the rich golden desert and the vast expanse dotted with mountains. Yeah, that sure must be quite a sight! Which has led us to know this beauty better. Yes, you are welcome to join us in this enchanting exploration!

So, this is what the glistening golden expanse of Oman witnessed – the drop dead temptress, the four-door Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 being steered away in fury! Who could even afford to miss a sight like that. Now add to the imagery the fact that it was the custom-order-only creation, something that is created to scream exclusivity. Experts have revealed that the company has chosen Oman for the production of this magic on wheels. It is all set for production in the year 2015, perhaps early quarters. This, actually, is no news for we had already heard about this one long time ago. We have long held our breath for this one to turn into reality. You can’t blame us, can you considering that we had the spy shots in front of us and those were tempting like how! There is nothing more torturous and appealing than setting your eyes on what appears to be charmer and yet months away from you, Aston Martin Lagonda 2015.

We did get some words out of the guy who designed the upcoming Aston Martin Lagonda 2015. What he said was what he has created. He called it the avant-garde creation, which has stature and exudes flamboyance! Now who will deny that. For, indeed, this one is as loud as they come, only with a streak of undeniable pride! However, there are many people who sort of disagree with the flamboyant bit. They feel that Aston Martin Lagonda 2015 that is dripping in the deepest shade of black can’t really qualify as flamboyant, in strict sense of the word. Well, even if black means it is not flamboyant it makes for a tough test, given the heat of Oman. From what we have heard, this one sure passed the hot-environment test with flying colours. So sturdy, so gorgeous, so irresistible, this one!

If the above-mentioned facts got your heart racing in true admiration, then there is more coming to hit you! The engineers of this genius are going to leave no stone unturned to ensure this one stands tough against all odds. So they are going to drive each machine for about 14,000 miles in a span of four weeks. Then they are going to stop, basking it in the harsh sunrays, making the temperature reach at least 125 degrees! How about that! The upcoming Aston Martin Lagonda 2015  just became one of our hot favourites!

A Luxurious SUV up Aston Martin’s Sleeve

Like all great news, this one might hit you as unbelievable and we totally understand. The motor world is anything but predictable. And then when some thing that appears too good to be true starts making rounds, the least we can do is lend it some ears and wait for it to really strike us. The same holds true for what we have been listening to, from Aston Martin World. The company hasn’t yet officially confirmed any production or plans but we do know some thing is cooking and all indications are that is sheer luxury! If what we have heard is to be believed, the upcoming Aston Martin SUV is an ultra plush affair. And it is going to bowl you over!

There have been a lot of predictions for this one. Of course, majorly because it comes from Aston Martin, that’s big news in its own right. Keeping that aside, there are rumors that this one is going to share the platform with the next gen Mercedes Benz GL! See, we caught you off guard, didn’t we? So even though the company maintains silence on its production, we do have a very big story lined up, already. This upcoming Aston Martin SUV, it is predicted, is going to give Mercedes Benz GL a run for its money, we hear. Well, we sure as hell hope it does!

Let’s take a look at the contender first. The GL is likely to get a facelift very soon and that is to happen well before its replacement is created in 2018. Which, we add, is not very far, considering how fast the motor world changes and evolves and surprises! Now why this news about the big contender is important is because it will really decide what course Aston Martin’s upcoming SUV will tread. Now there is a twist in the tale as well. How many of us have heard of the recent tie-up between Aston Martin and Mercedes Benz AMG? Well, it is every bit true and going by that, the two have agreed to share engines and electronics, too. So, don’t be surprised if the Aston Martin SUV gives a miss to the range-topping V12 engine in favour of a smaller AMG V8. Well, we don’t know the intricacies of the deal and what has conspired between the two parties but one thing is for sure. It is like having the best of the two worlds being served to us now, isn’t it?

Experts are of the view that Mercedes-Benz can conveniently adapt one of its twin-turbo V8 engines. It can then very easily deliver around 600 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque to suit the character and the requirement of the upcoming Aston SUV. Which would in turn mean, placing it on to the GL platform. No one knows for sure what is going to follow. What we do know is that this one is highly awaited. Aston Martin fans just can’t help but hope they get to see this magic vehicle sooner than the soonest!

Aston Martin Tries to Make Impression on the SUV Market With the Lagonda SUV Concept

After all the automobile giants like Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, etc. luxury car makers have also decided of making their way into the segment and bring for the SUV world some of the most luxurious (and expensive!) SUVs ever seen! After the news of Bentley, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini stepping into the category, we couldn’t think of any other but Aston Martin, who had signed a deal with Mercedes – AMG some time back.

Aston Martin first revealed its Lagonda SUV Concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, which was not liked very much by the SUV world as critics as well as SUV lovers did not really develop a liking for the vehicle. The company realized that there would have been a lot of changes to be made before they could expect good sales result after launching the SUV. A thing to be noticed is that this was before the company signed the deal with Mercedes – AMG. With access to the latter’s excellent engineering and electronic assets, Aston Martin has planned of making the Lagonda all different. One of the largest changes to be made is that the Lagonda will now feature Mercedes Benz GL Class platform. Earlier it sat on the Mercedes Benz M Class platform.

All that Aston Martin is going through for the Lagonda SUV Concept reminds us of Porsche’s story which happened during the launch of the Cayenne. The SUV was also highly criticized during its concept period. People accused the Cayenne of being ugly as per Porsche standards. However, after the release of the SUV, Porsche reported huge rises in sales, and the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success. A lot of people are saying that the Lagonda is extremely ugly, especially since Aston Martin has presented gorgeous vehicles like the DB9 and the One – 77 to the world. However, the performance and luxury quotients of the Lagonda are unquestionable! It’s an Aston Martin after all!

As far as the engine is concerned, we’re pretty sure that the company will put in a 6000cc V12 engine in the SUV. Lagonda will definitely be a four wheel drive vehicle, and will share motors with the legendary Aston MartinDB9. One admirable thing about the Lagonda is that the SUV will come with a wode number of available powertrains, and customers will be given a choice as per their will. One will be able to choose from a diesel variant, petrol as well as a hybrid option. This facility combined with the capabilities of the all-wheel drive system that comes with the Lagonda makes it a very potential vehicle for off road experiences!

We agree that the exteriors of the car are not as good as is expected from the company, but they have definitely set a new bar when it comes to luxurious and elegant interiors. However, Aston martin will definitely face extreme competition as it is entering a segment where giants like Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, etc. have already made deep impressions. Beating legendary SUVs like the Cayenne, Touareg, Q7, etc. would definitely be very tough. We would love to see how the improved Lagonda fares in the SUV market.

 

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