By on November 26, 2008

CAR Magazine runs first official renderings of the Aston Martin Rapide.

Trying to steal someone’s thunder?

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  • avatar
    Cicero

    Gorgeous.

  • avatar
    Jared

    Far better than the Panamera.

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    Mrb00st

    yeah this makes the Panamera look like a whole raft of failboat.

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    Vega

    And to think some people accuse Porsche of lazy design…

    The Rapide is the umpteenth rework of Ian Callum’s basic 1993 “and thus is how all future Astons shalt look for eternity” shape (back then it was called DB7).

    Yes it is pleasing to the eye. Just like the V8 Vantage. And the DB9. And the Vanquish. And the DBS. Why? CAUSE THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME!

    The Panamera is polarizing, mould-breaking. It’s the Citroen SM to the Astons’s Jag XJ-S. It’s a luxury sports sedan with a hatchback for chrissakes! It’s a Porsche V8 four-door shooting brake monster station wagon! At least they dare to be different! While it is not as in your face beautiful as the Rapide, it will grow on you. For me, that’s what makes it a great design.

    BTW., nice swooping roofline on the Rapide. Good luck fitting your average 13 year old kid in the back. And don’t tell me it’s not gonna be used by families. The sizeable Cayenne Turbo driving lawyer family demographic in my neighborhood tells a different story.

  • avatar
    blowfish

    Please dont pop your Champagne yet, reason AM is between engines now or between Rock & a Hard place, is Deja Vu to Lockheed’s Tristar back in the 70’s when RR was trying very hard to build her a new jet engine namely the famous RB211. In the end it rendered RR tits up and had to divy up the Air & Wheels division. It only took a few more yrs the whole thing was sorted out.

    AM doesnt look like wanted to buy more engines from Ford. And hasn’t exactly cemented a solid deal with AMG or anybody else to supply her with newer faster engines.
    Rumours had it was AM to be supplied engines by AMG and jointly developing a newer Maybach.
    How much is Daimler willing to commit to new Maybach? As now the economy has tanked, will there be any market left?
    Daimler can sell AM anything from a high tech 4 bangers to Vee 12 doubles with Turboladers to the tune of thousand horse power too. Can out run a Veyron so fast, to make the Veyron drivers felt like they’re being frozen in a time warp or feeling the buzz of a Transient Ischemic attack is finally happened. Dont we all know the dudes who can amassed so much fortunes got to be in the double nickel plus age group.
    It doesnt look like the prancing Horses will get off her high horse needed to sell engines to her competitors.
    Audi/Lambo and soon Porsche is kind of too obvious to even ask that embarassing co-operation.
    A diesel engine is kind of un-refined, unless is for James Bond’s submarine trying to out run Blofeld hiding under the Caribbean with more broads than Hughie Hefner.
    Unlike 40 yrs ago, few Euro makers came to the New World to look for the Chebby 350, Ford Cleveland 351, Cryslur’s Hemi 426 or 440.

    Atleast the Panawhat has an engine to boot so to speak.
    AM at present can only be qualified as a horseless carriage without any engine. Certainly the AMG/Daimler deal will go ahead as only suitor to provide a real driving force. Qatar owns a good chunk of Merc’s share so as AM’s nouveau owners, and they pray to the same Allah.

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    Thinx

    Just what the heck stops Acura or Infiniti from building a flagship that looks like this? Seriously, this is something I have been wondering about lately.

    It is not as if the Acura RL or the Infiniti Q are huge volume sellers. If they built anything that looked like this, they would surely sell a lot more flagship units than they do now – and probably would rub off a little more prestige on to their ‘lesser’ models too.

    I left Lexus out of this because Toyota already owns the market segment for luxobarges, and possibly has more to lose by getting too avant-garde. Not a concern for Acura or Infiniti, judging from their poor showing in the high-end luxury.

  • avatar
    Jared

    The Panamera is polarizing, mould-breaking.It is also hideously ugly.

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    This is far more appealing than the Panamera. It definitely would make my wish list.

  • avatar
    whatsanobeen

    One thing I’d like to note about this picture is the roof-line. Notice how the pillars are (understandably) thicker than the ones on the show car. I just hope that the thicker pillars don’t mess with the beautiful shape and proportions that the show car has established.

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    @Niedermeyer: “Trying to steal someone’s thunder?”
    Do. -Or Do Not. There is no try…

    In this situation (do), ‘stealing thunder’ doesn’t begin to cover it. It’s the equivalent of Zeus striking Pericles + The 300 dead in one shot, abandoning the Greeks and heading up north to spend the rest of eternity chilling with Boudica and her bad ass.

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    Even though I will probably never see one on the smowy streets of the most Northern large city in Canada, I want one. I especially like the split glass roof from the concept and I really hope that nice little touch makes it to production. The moulded wood seat-backs are nice too. Now let’s see how Aston prices it, probably Panamera Turbo range.

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    briandfromo.p.

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  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Just what the heck stops Acura or Infiniti from building a flagship that looks like this? Seriously, this is something I have been wondering about lately.

    Because they (and Lexus) sell cars by making them good, reliable, low-cost and decently performing. They don’t have the “heritage” to make gorgeous mechanical princesses.

    Remember when Mercedes used to do the same?

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    Nicodemus

    @Vega “The Rapide is the umpteenth rework of Ian Callum’s basic 1993 “and thus is how all future Astons shalt look for eternity” shape”

    I think it’s even worse than that since I seem to recall that the DB7 styling was basically ripped holus bolus from Jaguar. Now I come to think of it the DB7 WAS a Jaguar – ie Jaguar Chassis (XJ-S/XJ6) Jaguar styling and a Jaguar Engine – all built in a Jaguar plant (where the XJ220 was made). Not much Aston at all really.

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    blowfish

    I think it’s even worse than that since I seem to recall that the DB7 styling was basically ripped holus bolus from Jaguar. Now I come to think of it the DB7 WAS a Jaguar – ie Jaguar Chassis (XJ-S/XJ6) Jaguar styling and a Jaguar Engine – all built in a Jaguar plant (where the XJ220 was made). Not much Aston at all really.

    Ya one day I was by a AM dealer, they also had an old Jag 2 door. They look very much alike, I was almost starting to rub my eyes to make sure I am seeing what i see.

  • avatar
    blue adidas

    The current Astons are some of the most beautiful cars on earth. The Rapide is just stunning. I can’t say the same about any Porsche except the 911. I really wish that the Pana-whatever would go back to the drawing board. It’s really messed up.

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