This prototype car spotted on U.K. roads doesn’t look like anything we expect from the Gaydon stable, but our spy photographer says this car's registration details link it to Aston Martin. While we wondered whether this sedan's extremely long wheelbase meant Aston planned to launch a new ultra-luxury car, the company itself confirms this is a one-off model.
In an emailed statement, Aston Martin representative Matt Clarke said today that, "I can confirm that this is one of a bespoke series of coach built cars and as we’ve said before, much is possible through Q by Aston Martin -- including bespoke offerings, just like CC100 [Speedster shown in 2013] -- this is another example. We cannot say any more at this time."
In other words, the sedan prototype spotted here was commissioned specifically by a customer, and is not planned to be a regular-production Aston Martin model.
A source in the U.K. was able to provide a few more choice details, noting that this car uses an existing Aston Martin chassis, and is not related to the technical partnership between Aston and Mercedes-Benz that will, among other things, result in a new Aston Martin crossover. The source tells us this one-off sedan uses a V-12 engine producing at least 550 hp, and that it has a small chance of going into "very limited" production before the end of this year or in early 2015.
Although this prototype's rounded, vented hood match those on all other modern Aston Martin models, its squinting headlights and wide, parallelogram-shaped grille almost resemble the look of modern Jaguars. A fat, buttress-like C-pillar leads into a narrow, tapered tail with a scalloped trunk and integrated spoiler. Based on the unusual shapes and proportions of this camouflage test model, and how much we liked the CC100 Speedster, we eagerly await the full reveal of this Aston Martin sedan.