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click above to view both spy shots of the Aston Martin Rapide

The spy shot we showed you two days ago of an Aston Martin Rapide prototype being refueled at a gas station is actually one shot in a set of two, the other showing the four-door coupe's front end (above). We're amazed at how little has changed on the Rapide during its journey from concept to production car so far. Everything down to the flush door handles and 10 twin-spoke wheels appears to be identical. There's still a lot of time, however, between now and at least next year when the Rapide is expected to debut for the design to change. What we'd really like to see is the interior of this prototype, since the concept's interior was incredibly opulent and included an "emergency kit" containing two bottles of champagne, Aston Martin-branded drinking glasses, a cigar cutter and a chessboard in the boot. We doubt these items will make it to production, but perhaps Aston Martin will offer them as an Executive Lounge package.

[Source: WorldCarFans]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Beautiful 4 door "coupe". If the Panamera looks as bad as the test mules--they might as well kill it now like the Phaeton in the US.

      I would assume its pronounced rah-peed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, looks like aston martin made a car that looks just like an aston martin, only longer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't stand the name. (How the hell am I supposed to pronounce it? 'Ruh-peed?')

      But that looks mighty nice. Thumbs up. Two of them. Maybe 4.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Would it surprise you to find out that Rapide is not a made up word, and there are millions of people in the world who have no problem pronouncing it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ummm... elitist much?
        I didn't say I couldn't pronounce it. I said I didn't like it. Anyone can add an "e" to the end of a word and make a new one. I think the name could be more creative, but whatever.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For people without an american accent, saying Rapide is quite easy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if the rear doors will open like the front swan doors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is FRIGGIN AWESOME. Full stop. I want one. The haters can keep their Caddies, Lexuses, Mercs or whatever the heck it is they find better looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Raa-Peed". of course derivative of 'rapid', of course meaning fast; (not sure which form is older language.) It is an old european nameplate for sports cars and motorcycles. I would have to look up which ones specifically.

      I have no idea what the naysayers here are even talking about. This four-door looks every inch of an Aston Martin. Jaguar has NOTHING on this, and I tend to like jags, too.

      S-type was a bit retro, the XJ sedan is traditional. This car is sex on four wheels.

      This certainly is nowhere near the same ballpark as conspicuous as a crass stretched hummer limo.

      Maserati is going to have to play catch up, Maybach is a bit different, and more about being driven around than actually driving it around, although people likely do drive their own Maybachs... And Porsche, as much as it pains me to say, looks like it might have missed the boat entirely on the Panamera, if the mules bear any resemblance to the production version.

      And Paname---ra, is missing a syllable. It is supposed to be Panamericana, or Panamerica, after a long-tradition mexican endurance race, La Carrera Panamericana. They didn't butcher the Carrera, Cayman, Cayenne, I don't know why they butchered Panamericana, rather than simply choosing a different C-name that is easier to say.

      Rapide is a better name than Panamera, anyway, and is almost sure to be a more sublime car, especially if it is treated to some of the niceties of the DBS development.

      I wonder with Aston's entries in to all the GT racing series classes, if the Rapide will join touring car racing, like other 4-doors... that would be sweet. :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a bit comical, like a stretch limo H2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I just soiled myself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is the front end a little too long? It makes the rear look very cramped compared to the front. Since this IS a four door coupe, I think Aston should give the rear passenger a little more consideration. But then again, who'd want to get in the back of this beauty anyway?
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least from photos this car is an eyesore. it's ungainly in a way that I havent seen since the Jaguar XKE 2+@. The proportions are simply not satisfying.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks terrible, like someone used Photoshop to stretch a digital picture horizontally. The huge front overhang belongs in a different zip code than the rest of the car. Even if they keep the overall length of the car the same, but just move the front tires and the windshield forward, it could be a big improvement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like a mako shark had sex with a DB9. Beautiful extension of the AM design language into a sedan form. This might be more desirable than a DB9. Maybe.
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