Coachbuilding firm gives British sports car a new lease of life in futuristic concept; it gets significant structural modifications

Moscow-based coachbuilder Cardi has released these images of its futuristic-looking Concept 442, which is based on the Aston Martin DB9 and takes heavy influence from the Lagonda.

The car is said to be nearing completion after more than two years of development, and could be sold in very limited numbers to buyers wanting a more exclusive grand tourer experience.

Cardi has revealed very little about the car’s technical details, but it has confirmed that both the body and structure of the DB9 had to be extensively modified to create the final product.

Under that new skin is a heavily modified chassis that features no B-pillars and a long panoramic roof, and the car’s sleek exterior looks nothing like the car on which it is based. The car's long bonnet and lengthy rear overhang are more reminiscent of the latest Lagonda although admittedly the concept’s two-door layout suggests it could be quite a lot shorter.

Inside, the DB9’s cabin has been gutted, replaced by a clutter-free interior that features a compact infotainment system and dominating wood-effect dash.

The whole car looks like a completely new model and the only real hint as to what the Concept 442 started life as is hidden under the bonnet. Cardi has opted to stick with Aston Martin’s 6.0-litre V12 engine; it powers a familiar six-speed Touchtronic gearbox.

Power outputs are yet to be confirmed, but if the V12 engine is unmodified, the Concept 442 should produce about 510bhp, like the regular DB9.

Cardi hasn’t confirmed how much the car will sell for, or even if it will ever be built in more than one example. But given the level of work undertaken to create the 442, there’s little doubt it’ll dwarf the now discontinued DB9’s £125,000 starting price.

Bradford’s Kahn Design recently revealed its take on the Aston Martin DB9. The Kahn Vengeance featured a prominent front grille and redesigned rear, but unlike the 442, it was still instantly recognisable as a DB9.

Read about the DB9’s replacement, the DB11, here.

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11 April 2016
Good looking car.

Cyborg

11 April 2016
Good looking car.

Cyborg

11 April 2016
Marvellous, but resembles a peter bond boat.

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11 April 2016
Love the retro looks. Reminds me of an NSU Ro80. Even has a 1970s steering wheel!

11 April 2016
It's the '67 Riviera reborn. Even the steering wheel looks like a GM item. Or it could be an A9 coupe (with a few tweaks). Good to see a move away from deep-sea fish mouths...

11 April 2016
Isn't that how Jag interiors should be looking? (Maybe with a few more virtual dials...)

11 April 2016
Particularly the roofline, rear end and interior!

12 April 2016
devil's advocate wrote:

Particularly the roofline, rear end and interior!

This, although the Laguna coupe was said to be influenced by the DB9, a good looking car in itself albeit let down by the frumpy headlights, something of a poor man's Aston Martin.

12 April 2016
devil's advocate wrote:

Particularly the roofline, rear end and interior!

Was about to say exactly the same about the Renaston.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 April 2016
Probably not a good idea to rebody one of the best looking cars ever made.

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