Car of The Day: Aston Martin Lagonda

Today, we kickstart a new series here at GigJets were we will try to highlight a new car every day. We will try to discuss about important cars in the history of vehicles and you’ll be invited to share your opinion by leaving a comment at the end.

We start the first edition with a name that has been so much talked about these days – the Aston Martin Lagonda. However, we won’t be talking about the all new super saloon that Aston Martin is going to make but about the “oldie” original Lagonda one.

The legendary Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon wihch was produced between 1974 and 1990. This was a pretty limited vehicle, as there was only a total of 645 units made.

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Lagonda was launched in 2 different versions, the 1974 saloon model based on the Aston Martin V8 which wasn’t that successful and the ultra-modern version released back in 1976. Here the specifications of the 1974 model:

  • Engine: 5.3 L 5,340 cc (326 cu in) DOHC V8, producing 280 bhp (209 kW; 284 PS) and torque 301 lb·ft (408 N·m)
  • Top speed: 149 mph (240 km/h) and acceleration to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds
  • Length: 4,928 mm (194.0 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,910 mm (114.6 in)
  • Width: 1,829 mm (72.0 in)
  • Height: 1,323 mm (52.1 in)
  • Weight: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)

And here are specifications for the more successful model introduced for the first time in 1976:

  • Engine: 5.3 L 5,340 cc (326 cu in) DOHC V8, producing 280 bhp (209 kW; 284 PS) @ 5000 rpm and torque 302 lb·ft (409 N·m) @ 3000 rpm
  • Top speed: 143 mph (230 km/h) and acceleration to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds[12]
  • Length: 5,281 mm (207.9 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2,916 mm (114.8 in)
  • Width: 1,791 mm (70.5 in)
  • Height: 1,302 mm (51.3 in)
  • Weight: 2,023 kg (4,460 lb)

There are some interesting facts about the Aston Martin Lagonda, such as the fact that it was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the 50 ugliest cars of the last 50 years. Also, Time Magazine included it in its “50 Worst Cars of All Time”, saying it’s mechanical “catastrophe” with electronics that would be very impressive if they ever worked.

Nonetheless, this car has entered history and Aston Martin now has all the chances of making it a much better product with the upcoming comeback.

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