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Lagonda (Weber efi)

Unveiled: January 1986

In production: 1986 — 1987

Chassis numbers: 13464 - 13645 (production)

In January 1986, announced at the New York Autoshow, beginning with chassis 13464, alongside the AM V8 saloon and V8 Volante, the Lagonda received the V585 engine with Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection. This increased the quoted maximum power output to 300 bhp @ 5,000 rpm in Europe, with maximum torque of 320 lb.ft), but still around 24 bhp with the Federal LFA version. The interior and exterior remained unchanged from the previous V580 carburettor car.

Vacuum Fluorescent Instrumentation

First seen at the 1986 Paris Motor Show, new vacuum fluorescent (VF) instrumentation with graphical display, as used on the range topping Opel Monza GSE was introduced to replace the bespoke CRT system. These instruments, first used from chassis 13505 continued to be used on the Lagonda until the end of production. The backlit side binnacles were dropped and more conventional push switches were mounted either side of the green on black instrument display.

The V585 equipped Lagonda is the rarest derivative with only 76 examples built; 41 with CRT instruments and 35 with VF instruments.

Weber efi Specification

Body / Coachwork
Four-door four-seater saloon
Steel platform chassis with handcrafted aluminium alloy body panels
Four pop-up halogen headlamps powered by electric motors
Front fog and spot lamps, indicator and parking lamps enclosed behind electrically heated glass panels
Full Connolly leather interior
Three 5 inch CRT screens with verbal warnings, then vacuum-fluorescent integrated instrument pack
Full air-conditioning to front, separately controlled cool air-conditioning to rear
Power window lifts, and front seat controls
Fixed glass panel to rear compartment roof
Blaupunkt Bamberg stereo radio cassette, four speakers, with roof mounted aerial
Front-mounted all-alloy 90° V8, 5,340 cc, two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per bank. Engine number prefix V585/
Bore 100 mm. Stroke 85 mm. Compression ratio 9.35:1, 8.0:1 (Emission Control LFA)
Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
Maximum power: 289 bhp @ 5,500 rpm (+/- 200 bhp on Emission Control LFA)
Maximum torque: 321 lb.ft @ 3,000 rpm
Air injection system: AC Delco air pump
Four catalytic convertors on Emission Control LFM & LFA
Automatic: Chrysler TorqueFlite three-speed automatic.No manual option
Cruise control as standard
Final drive: Salisbury hypoid bevel with Powr-Lok limited slip differential
Final drive ratio: 3.058:1, 3.54:1 for LFA cars
Power-assisted rack and pinion, two turns lock to lock. Turning circle 11.58m
Wheels and Tyres
Bolt-on, alloy 6JK x 15HT 'Centra' wheels
Avon Turbospeed 235/70 VR15 tyres(ZR16 from April 1988)
Front: independent, featuring unequal transverse wishbones, coil springs and co-axial telescopic shock absorbers with an anti-roll bar
Rear: De-Dion tube, Watts linkage and trailing links. Self-levelling by pressurised co-axial spring shock absorber units
Front: ventilated steel discs, 273 mm diameter
Rear: ventilated steel discs, 264 mm diameter
Tandem master cylinders with integral servo
Length: 5,283 mm
Width: 1,816 mm
Height: 1,302 mm
Kerb weight: 2,096 kg
Wheelbase: 2,916 mm
Front track: 1,499 mm
Rear track: 1,499 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 127.3 litres
Boot capacity: 13 cu.ft
No known road tests but not dissimilar to V580 or facelift Lagondas
Prices (including UK purchase tax/VAT and car tax where applicable)
January 1986: £79,500 ($167,000 USA)
October 1986: £85,000

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