• Sep 29th 2010 at 9:28AM
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Breaking: Aston Martin prepares to revive the Lagonda.

Update: The Lagonda is being shelved.

Incoming: Aston Martin to turn Lagonda into SUV.

News Now: Lagonda SUV ridiculed by entire industry, tucks tail and runs from auto show circuit.

We've seen concepts, heard rumors and waited patiently for hope that a revival of the Aston Martin Lagonda (just not necessarily in the form of an SUV...) would prove to be true. It seems that patience is paying off as new renderings of what may lie around the corner have just surfaced.

According to our Brit-friends at Auto Express, Aston Martin is preparing to unleash a Rapide-based Lagonda sedan with longer proportions and at least 500 horsepower from a 6.0-liter V12 engine. Also possible is the inclusion of start-stop tech and regenerative braking, designed to help the Lagonda reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

We'll keep our eyes and ears peeled for any news on this potential range-topping super sedan. For now, head over to Auto Express for a better look at a rendering of a potential Aston Martin Lagonda. If it is indeed headed for production, expect it to arrive on our holiday wish list in 2014.

[Source: Auto Express via Daily Derbi]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      How many 12 cylinders have been developed and thrown out there for how many decades!
      From ultra sports cars to giant SUVs.
      The possibilities have been Overdone thank you.

      The world is changing and you adapt or become irrelevant.
      Today we look for 6/8 cylinder engines with technology laden changes to make them efficient and powerful. Never mind the electrics , that would be too avanguard for you...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always wonder what people who decry high-consumption vehicles would do if they could actually afford them.

        Me, I'd never buy a Hummer or something, but if I had an extra 200 grand lying around, I'd probably throw my eco-consciousness to the wind and buy a V12 Vantage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A philosophical limitation, not a cylinder-count limitation. That just went completely over your head.

        I was talking about your mentality, shown in your comment, asserting a desired limitation of the realm of possibilities to only what is "needed".

        Who are you to determine whether others should build 12 cylinder powered cars, or not? You can choose to buy or not. Or earn enough to buy, or not.

        But why should people be limited from building whatever they want, and are capable of building and selling? Just because you don't think it is "needed?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        You tell him, Boxer!! So you decry the use of 12-cylinder engines in this climate of high-tech 4s, 6s, and 8s? What if they used the same tech for the 12-cylinder engines as they do with the 6-cylinder? Say, Ferrari was able to squeeze the same amount of power and efficiency out of a 12-cylinder as Porsche manages with their F-6tt. Would you like it then?

        Basically, I'm asking if the 12-cylinder relied as much on tech as it did on displacement to make power, would you be into it? Because you could be onto something. If not, then you probably won't find a welcoming committee on these boards because most of us appreciate all types of vehicles, no mater the cylinder-count.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there room for 2 Aston sedans? Every super car companies are conentrating on the sedans, more then the coupes... not sure if like this trend
        • 4 Years Ago
        More than likely, this will be more of a sportier, sexier, all-around-better competitor to the likes of Maybach, and maybe competitor to Bentley's sedans, or the new Rolls.

        The Rapide is longer than a DB9, but still very sleek. A Lagonda would probably have a more traditional roofline, with more rear headroom than Rapide. If it has a rear hatchback, I would probably expect it to approximate the Bugatti Galibier's shape.

        But, I wouldn't be surprised if the Lagonda takes a more 3-box approach like a more traditional sedan/town-car/limousine, with Aston Martin style and power. It would separate it more from the 5-door Rapide.

        The Rapide is still a car for a person who drives. I can see the Lagonda as possibly being a car for someone who gets driven from place to place some of the time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        because people are realizing they have have 4 doors and sports car handling/power
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks sorta like a Bentley from behind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because the World needs another vehicle with 12 cylinders...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It isn't about what is needed. It is about what is possible.

        What a huge limitation is insinuated by that comment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As opposed to yet another 3-box FF 4-door with a 6-banger under the hood?

        Let Aston make a nice, proper Lagonda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What went over your head is that there has been enough iterations of vehicles with 12 cylinders over the last century.
      There was no limitations.
      To think we still need to creatively spend our time finding uses for a 12 cylinder is limited backwards philosophical needless wasted time.

      Duck, because that 12 cylinder is too heavy to go over your head...

      P.S. My "judgment" that you refer to is called my opinion. The close to zero sales of 12 cylinder vehicles is what determines whether they should be built or not today.
      Obviously Aston Martin doesn't get it... which explains why certain car companies are so much in the red.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...is should NOT be much more work....
      • 4 Years Ago
      those renderings look like an XJ
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like it has a forward leaning grille, like a Mitsubishi...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick: yeah, I was mostly talking about the profile and rear end. the front doesn't look very Aston-ish it me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The renderings look OK for a large AM super-sedan.

        But as laughable as the Lagonda SUV concept seemed --- if a company can pen a slick-looking large sedan --- they will have basically formed a solid basis for a revised SUV concept based on the sedan.

        If they can do a descent 4-door car, it should be much more work to visuallize how an SUV variant can be formulated from the sedan.

        AstonMartin should not completely give up on the SUV concept, especially if they plan to use a modified GL platform...which is a fairly robust platform to start with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those renderings are pure speculation by AE.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey xpolarx.

      What I find ironic is someone with boxer in their name is singing the praise of a 12 cyl because the boxer was actually invented for the lightness and smoothness traits...

      Anyhow, the use of modern tech on a 12 cylinder engine is not necessary and will undoubtedly not see a manufacturer bother with the R&D because the efficiency of the 6/8 cylinder ones using that said technology is way more than needed already.
      Plus the weight savings will still be for the smaller engines.

      Just admit that 12 cylinders are going the way of the dodo bird.
      More torque can be had with electric vehicles today. That segment is looking for weight savings in the battery department.
      I doubt very much there will be enthusiasts out there crying to keep the old batteries...

      And for your info, I appreciate all kinds of vehicles. I still admire a 12 cyl Jag as much as an Audi etron.
      But to say I should support a company going backwards in NEW vehicle design because they are too lazy or not smart enough to embrace the new reality (electric etc) just wont happen.
      A big fail on them as far as I'm concerned.

      Oh btw, Ferrari is spending millions converting some of their cars to electric! Just saying...

      • 4 Years Ago
      The good news is Aston can make the necessary changes(more head room and leg room) to the Rapide without looking like they made a mistake, Porsche cant do that without giving the Panamera to Audi. Now the Bad: Aston has to get rid of all the old Ford tech. The engine as beautiful as it maybe it still two Ford sixes strapped together. The navigation and most of the switch gear has Ford DNA.
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