With a 7-figure price tag and a very limited production run, the 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is one of the more unique creations of the British sports car maker. Imagine the Aston Martin Rapide S Sedan, stretched, and given a limousine treatment. A luxury sedan with a roaring 540 horsepower naturally aspirated V-12 does sound like 7-figures worth. But is it really worth it?
The 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is a Rare Monster From British Engineering
On the outside, the 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is a huge looker. It has an extra-long wheelbase, a menacing look, and an eargasmic naturally aspirated V-12. Starting with the Rapide S Sedan, stretching the wheelbase and putting a powerful 5.9 liter V-12 engine, Aston Martin created the Lagonda Taraf . Power of the 540 horses is put down through the rear wheels via an 8-speed auto transmission.
Sitting in the driver’s seat is a constant reminder of its Rapide S roots; the cockpit gear and dashboard, along with the door panels are all the same as its base car. Obviously for a limousine type of car, the emphasis of luxury is in the back seat. Unlike the Rapide’s tight and gloomy cabin, the Taraf’s back seat is the exact opposite.
Driving the 2016 Lagonda Taraf , delivers smooth and luxurious ride, at low speeds the sedan is tuned for a comfortable ride even to the point where the pedals are tensioned to promote chauffeuring and city driving. For a large sedan based off a sports car, it’s quite happy in traffic. In order for such a big vehicle to be moved in big city traffic you would expect the engine to be tuned for low end torque, such is not true for the Lagonda; your driver is encouraged to give it wider throttle openings for the engine to move the beastly vehicle. The V-12 while silent for Aston Martin standards roars like a proper smile-inducing V-12 albeit at refined volumes.
Driving the Taraf is like a Jekyll and Hyde story, on big city streets it’s as composed as a businessman. Take it to the back-roads however, the low-volume yet throaty exhaust and wide-throttle openings acts as if it’s teasing you let the Rapide S soul come to life; and it certainly does. Carbon fiber panels keep the weight down allowing it to be agile despite being a large vehicle.
While extremely luxurious on its own, compared to its rivals however, the Lagonda lacks in the lushness of the rear seat section. Space isn’t on par with the competitor’s vehicles and the seats oddly do not recline. Thanks to the sports car nature, the ride at higher speeds prioritizes feedback than a comfortable ride. It really is a sports car disguised as a limo.
Enormous is the main word for the 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf . Enormous price, enormous size, and enormously likeable. If you’re looking for a beast of a car disguised as a limo then the soon-exclusive rare Lagonda Taraf is for you.