Aston Martin has confirmed that its Lagonda Taraf saloon will go on sale in the UK.
The Gaydon marque caused a storm in November when it unveiled the V12 supersaloon, which showcased a radical styling direction. At the time, the Taraf was pitched as a bespoke, extremely limited model that would be sold exclusively in the Middle East.
However, Aston executives have reversed that decision and at least a proportion of the planned 200-model production run will be offered to British buyers, as well as other select markets across the world.
The Taraf is based on Aston's current VH architecture, which underpins most of the rest of its model range. Its full carbon-fibre body and V12 engine are the responsibility of Aston's special projects division, which has most recently worked on the Vantage GT3 and Vulcan models, due to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show this week. Each car will be hand-built in a dedicated facility at Gaydon.
Underneath the never-ending bonnet is the same 550bhp 5.9-litre V12 engine found in the Rapide S, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Full performance figures have yet to be released, though the Taraf will be capable of a top speed of around 200mph.
As most luxury carmakers do with low volume, flagship models, Autocar reports that Aston is understood to be offering the Taraf to select customers on an invitation-only basis, with those signing on the dotted line enjoying an extensive customisation service by Aston's 'Q' division.
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