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by Tim Beissmann

Fresh images of an Aston Martin Lagonda prototype have revealed the front and rear styling of the exclusive new luxury sedan.

The black prototype was produced at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in the UK and was transported by Oman Air to Muscat for hot-weather testing as part of its early engineering program.

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The images provide a clear look at the Aston Martin Lagonda‘s unique front-end, highlighting its expansive hexagonal grille with signature chrome horizontal slats and integrated slim headlights that represent a significant departure from Aston’s current design language, and also offer a hat-tip to the divisively styled original Lagonda of the 1970s and 1980s.

Its thin tail-lights are more reminiscent of the British brand’s mainstream models, with a thin chrome strip spanning the boot and stretching into the red C-shaped lamp clusters.

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The new version will be built in very limited numbers and offered only to select buyers in the Middle East from 2015.

The Lagonda is based on the brand’s existing VH architecture, and while no official specifications have been released at this stage, reports suggest it will be powered by the Rapide S sedan’s 5.9-litre V12, which produces 410kW and 620Nm in its current tune. The production model will be rear-wheel drive and auto only, likely using a six-speed unit from German supplier ZF.

There is no word on Lagonda pricing at this stage, though Aston Martin says its positioning “will be commensurate with the car’s exclusivity, quality and luxurious nature”.




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