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Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf Tested on 'Ignition'

Don’t call it a fancy Rapide

Is the Aston Martin Rapide too "common" for you? If so, you'd better watch the newest episode of "Ignition," in which host Jonny Lieberman explores a different Aston four-door from Aston that carries a $1 million price tag.

To create this extravagant sedan, Aston blew the dust off the very old and storied Lagonda nameplate. The so-named Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf, when boiled down to its elemental parts (and VH-platform chassis), is an Aston Martin Rapide with some gorgeous carbon-fiber bodywork. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as Lieberman explains in the video. Despite the regular Rapide bones under the fancy new duds, the car is as special as the name, and the MSRP, imply.

He kicks off the episode by going through the rich history of the Lagonda brand, giving special attention to the wonderfully angular Aston Martin Lagonda of the 1970s. The new Lagonda Taraf carries on the slab-sided spirit of the beleaguered classic Lagonda, with angular lines and a rather pointed noise when compared with other modern Astons.

Under the expensive carbon fiber clothes, the Taraf packs the same 6.0-liter V-12 we have come to know and love from other Astons, churning out 540 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through the wonderfully simple and smooth ZF eight-speed transmission.

Is the car worth the seven-figure price tag? Take a look at the newest episode of Ignition in the video below to find out.