Tuesday 29 November 2016

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Speculative rendering of Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Following on from the Lagonda GT I posted earlier this month, I present to you the next-generation Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The Lagonda GT and Aston V8 Vantage represent the two extremes of Aston Martin coupés, the GT being the big, wafty, luxurious range-topper, and the V8 Vantage being the smaller, nimble, "budget" Aston, if you could call it that.

There's a very clear visual connection between the new V8 Vantage and the larger DB11. Both cars have the new Aston corporate face - which means a larger grill and snake-like angled headlamps - as well as motor sport-inspired aerodynamic bodywork. Perhaps the most obvious nod to the Aston Martin DB11 is the dramatic roof strake which arcs from A-pillar to C-pillar. The car retains the long bonnet, short deck proportions that have defined Aston Martin grand tourers for a century.

Tuesday 8 November 2016

Lagonda GT

Lagonda GT luxury car driving down road

The Lagonda GT is a grand tourer based on the Lagonda Taraf luxury saloon. The price tag would be upwards of the £685k asking price of the Taraf, so buyers can expect a level of opulence and exclusivity unparalleled by other luxury coupés.

The proportions are classic GT - long, low bonnet and short, high rear deck. The fastback profile is reminiscent of classic British GTs from the 1970s. Inside, there's ample room for four adults to sit comfortably. However, in contrast to the Taraf where buyers prefer to be chauffeured around, most Lagonda GT buyers will actually drive the car themselves. For this reason, the GT is engineered to be a much more engaging driving experience than the already-quite-sporty-for-a-limousine Taraf. It could be seen as a big brother to the DB11.