Aston Martin has announced its ultra-exclusive Lagonda Taraf will be made more widely available, including in the UK.

Inspired by Williams Towns’ controversial Lagonda saloon of 1976, the Taraf was initially conceived specifically for the Middle Eastern market, where its predecessor was particularly popular.

But Aston Martin’s new CEO, Andy Palmer, said making the Taraf available in other markets was a “high priority” when he joined the company towards the end of last year, as the company had been taking enquiries about it from around the world.

As such, the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf will go on sale in Europe Union countries, the United Kingdom and South Africa. UK buyers will be able to have it in right-hand-drive form.

The Taraf is based on the same highly flexible VH platform as every other car in the Aston range. Power comes from the 6.0-litre V12 producing 550bhp – the same engine that powers the Rapide S. Top speed is around the 200mph mark.

Aston’s in-house special projects department developed the Taraf. The team was also responsible for the One-77 hypercar, CC100 Speedster concept, and the Vulcan track car and special edition Vantage GT3 that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

Just 200 examples of the Lagonda Taraf will be built. Exact prices are, according to Aston, “confidential.” Though, with almost limitless customisation possibilities available through the Q by Aston Martin bespoke service, the base price is pretty much irrelevant.

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