Note: 1989 Lagonda pictured above
The Lagonda name, previously used by Aston Martin for a hand-built, ultra-expensive sedan built between 1976 - 1990, returned under the spotlight about five years ago when the Brits introduced the Lagonda Concept .
Oddly enough, that concept had nothing to do with the four-door grand tourer, but rather a sporty SUV proclaimed to be a more luxurious alternative to the popular Porsche Cayenne . Rumors about a production version went back and forth with no relevant outcome, although the consensus was the vehicle might arrive in 2016.
But now we have to put the Lagonda SUV behind us, because it appears Aston Martin is actually planning to revive the iconic nameplate for a brand new sedan. Such a vehicle was spotted testing in the United Kingdom covered in camouflage. Our friends over at Autoblog think the Brits will slap a Lagonda badge on its trunk.
Details are scarce right now, but it’s safe to assume the four-door will be based on the Rapide S and ride on a stretched version of its wheelbase. Power is likely to come from the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 558 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. More details should become available later this year, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the updates.
Updated 06/20/2014: According to the British magazine CAR, the future Lagonda sedan will be developed by Q by Aston Martin and should be unveiled in a concept form in the summer of 2014. The magazine claims it will carry a 5,935-cc, V-12 engine with an output of about 600 horsepower and mated to an upgraded, eight-speed automatic transmission. Production will be limited to about 100 units.
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According to a report from CAR, the new Lagonda sedan will carry a 5,935-cc, V-12 engine that produces around 600 horsepower. If that engine sounds familiar, it should; it is the same engine found in the Rapide S. In fact, the Lagonda sedan will ride atop the same VH platform as the Rapide that is properly stretched to fit the longer body.
Not large enough to compete against other British-built luxury vehicles such as the Bentley Mulsanne , the Aston Martin Lagonda is more suited to take on the Turbo version of the Porsche Panamera.
Depending on what engine it will get under the hood, the new sedan will go against either the Panamera Turbo or the Turbo S. Both are motivated by a 4.8-liter V-8 unit with outputs rated at 520 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and 570 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque respectively. The Turbo can hit 60 mph from a standing start in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 189 mph, while the mighty Turbo S needs just 3.6 seconds to sprint to 60 mph before going all the way up to 192 mph.
As far as fuel economy goes, both are estimated to return 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Pricing-wise, the Panamera Turbo retails from $141,300, while the Panamera Turbo S fetches at least $180,300.
Introduced in 2009, the Lagonda SUV was received with mixed results, mainly being criticized for its unattractive looks. The concept was dubbed "the luxury car of the future" by Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez, but a production version has yet to be shown since the study debuted at the Geneva Motor Show five years ago.