A nice Cardi; that sounds comfortable. Like something you’d wear for lounging in front of the fire.
But 442? That smells a bit footballish. Vulgar, possibly.
To be fair, though, how could an Aston Martin with a space-age coachbuilt body ever be considered vulgar? The coachbuilder in question is Russian, as are some of the footballers who might actually buy such a thing.
Actually, by ‘such a thing’ we may well mean ‘it’. Because while this is called a concept, it may in fact turn out to be a one-off. As will be the person who buys it.
Given that Cardi spent two years creating the 442, you can safely assume that the buyer will have more money than taste. Even if he or she has impeccable taste.
During that time, the company took a DB9 and reworked its chassis to support a new body with a long glass roof and no B-posts to support it. Behind a bonnet that stretches into a different time zone to the driver, the cabin features a totally new design that’s all high-tech and minimalist chic.
There’s nothing minimalist about what’s going on under that bonnet, though. Except in terms of the changes made, as there aren’t any. Being a coachbuilding specialist, Cardi left the engine and gearbox well alone, which some would say if the best thing you could possibly do when said engine is a 6.0-litre V12.
With more than a touch of the Lagonda to its looks, albeit in two-door form, the 442 (maybe there’s a clue in the name?) is understood to be very nearly ready for whatever’s going to happen to it next. That could be nothing, it could be an astronomically priced one-off sale or it could be the beginning of an exceptionally short production run.
Whatever it is, footballers of the world take note. You may or may not consider it vulgar – but whatever this car sells for is going to be obscene.