Aside from its incredible price, there are a plethora of reasons to love the amazing Lagonda Taraf. Lagonda_Taraf via: AutoJosh
The Lagonda Taraf is a full-size four-door luxury car produced by Lagonda, a British car manufacturer that has been under the control of Aston Martin since 1947. The Arabic term ‘Taraf’, means ‘absolute luxury’ in English Notably, only 120 cars were produced, each costing one million US dollars. Wilbur Jean developed the Lagonda brand in the year 1906. The Lagonda M45R was handled by Louis Fontes and John Stuart Hindmarch who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1935. The Lagonda Rapide V12, released in 1939, became the most expensive car in the world. United States at the time it was put up for the public for purchase.
However, the company soon declared bankruptcy due to waning customer interest in luxury cars, which includes supercars, due to the “Great Depression” and the outbreak of World War II. Therefore, Alan Good bid Rolls-Royce Ltd to acquire Marque. Even David Brown, who owned an Aston Martin at one point, bought the Lagonda Taraf in 1947. After decades of inactivity, the brand made a comeback in 1976 with the debut of the luxury Aston Martin-branded Lagonda saloon. However, production of the Lagonda Taraf was terminated in the early 1990s, which eventually led to the termination of the brand name. In 2009, Aston Martin chose to revive the Lagonda brand in order to expand into previously unexplored market segments and celebrate the Lagonda centenary.
Lagonda Trav in the 21st Century
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Lagonda entered the 21st century with its superlative four-door Taraf saloons. It will be handcrafted for its customers in a limited edition of 200, which is comparable to the One-77’s manufacturing volumes. Customer expectations prompted the company to expand production to the EU-compatible regions, which were originally intended for the Middle East. Not surprising, given that it’s a spacious four-door sedan that has the charm of a supercar. Lagonda Taraf has a distinguished history dating back to 1906 and even had a victory at Le Mans in its name. However, the most recent model before now was the legendary 1976 Lagonda, a four-door, low, square and wedge-shaped design by William Towns aka Bill Towns. As a result, the super saloon Lagonda Taraf will be the first Lagonda in nearly four decades. It will be based on the VH adaptive body structure, which is bonded and extruded with carbon fiber composite panels on the chassis, excluding the hood.
The new Lagonda has 1976 design influences, but with considerably more technical appeal, and despite the low, slim and pretty appearance, there’s plenty of interior space for the four separate seats. Marek Richman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, defines the car as “a super saloon… for customers looking for the best in luxury and personalization.” Lagonda Taraf gives a great performance
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The Lagonda Taraf is a 540-horsepower engine from a Ford-era 6.0-liter V12 from Aston Martin, dating back to 1999. The Aston V12 began fusing two Ford Duratec 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines together, and is still Constructed in a one-of-a-kind facility at Ford’s Motor Company’s Cologne engine plant in Germany. The engine produces maximum power at 6650 rpm and maximum torque of 465 lb-ft at 5500 rpm when connected through a torque tube to a ZF Friedrichshafen 8-speed automatic transmission positioned between the rear wheels.
The chassis is based on the Aston Martin VH platform, which is also used by the Rapide. The body panels are made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and are painted seven times before final polishing. The purpose of using this material was to save weight. With all the machinery of the Rapide and DB9 under it, the Lagonda Taraf runs like an Aston Martin stretch limousine.
On the other hand, the large Lagonda Taraf is much more fun to drive along a back road than it should be for its size. The engine isn’t as sharp as on the Aston Martin DB9, but it still delivers beautifully agile power, somewhat similar to the turbines that a V12 is famous for. The Lagonda Taraf turns well and handles well on curves, with very little rolling, and the extended wheelbase mitigates the front-to-rear sway. The Lagonda Taraf has an acceleration time of just 4.4 seconds from 0 to 62 mph, as well as a top speed of 195 mph. The interior of Lagonda Taraf is the epitome of luxury
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The interior of the Lagonda Taraf is classic Aston Martin, right down to the nearly illegible gauges, push-button, console-mounted gearbox controls, and the Rube infotainment interface that hides the HDD SatNav and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system.
The rear seat has plenty of legroom, as you’d expect in a car about the length of a Rolls-Royce, however, the rear transmission and torque tube means the Lagonda Taraf only seats four. Because it is an Aston Martin, and also handcrafted in the same part of Aston’s Gaydon facility where the One-77 is built, the Lagonda Taraf’s interior may be furnished with any combination of wood, leather, metal or carbon fibre.