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Oman Air has announced its partnership with Aston Martin to transport the British carmaker’s yet-to-be-launched Lagonda super-luxury saloon to Muscat for hot-weather testing – and revealed pictures of the pre-production car in the process.

Like William Towns’ controversial 1976 car, the new Aston Martin Lagonda features slim headlamps that are ‘connected’ to the front grille – although obviously interpreted in a much less angular way here. The thick C-pillars and sweep-up lower rear overhang are also clear nods to the old car.

The new Aston Martin Lagonda is set to begin series production in very limited numbers next year – exclusively for the Middle East. It’ll be offered for sale by invitation only, and the asking price will be commensurate with the model’s exclusivity, quality and luxury.

The work of Aston’s special ‘Q’ division (which also gave us the CC100 Speedster, V12 Zagato and One-77), the Lagonda is based on the VH platform that’s used by the Rapide saloon. Power is speculated to come from the Rapide S’ 6.0 litre V12, which develops 558 PS and 620 Nm of torque.