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Aston Martin Lagonda Prototype Testing In Oman

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/7/2014 Chris Clonts

The new Aston Martin Lagonda, the custom-order-only return of the company’s legendary nameplate, has been tooling around in the desert and mountains of Oman as the company prepares for production to begin in early 2015.

Aston Martin Lagonda Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Aston Martin Lagonda Prototype

The return of the four-door Lagonda, was announced by Aston Martin in July (We’d already seen spy shots suggesting it was on the way). Then, Aston design boss Marek Reichman said it would be “avant-garde,” with “stature and presence… a little flamboyant.”

The verification prototype being tested by Aston is anything but flamboyant, with almost every surface colored a rich black – all the better for the hot-environment testing it’s in Oman for in the first place. A source at Aston Martin says the prototype – it’s similar but could end up not being identicial to production models – has instrumentation that records temperatures from about 85 spots on and in the car.

Aston engineers will drive the car some 14,000 miles in four weeks, occasionally letting the car sit in direct sunlight to generate surface temps of at least 125 degrees.

The custom-built sedan aimed at the Middle Eastern market will be built at Aston’s factory in Gaydon, England, in a separate building from its other offerings such as the DB9, Rapide S, Vantage, and Vanquish.

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