• Apr 1st 2008 at 11:19AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of new Aston Martin Rapide spy shots

The latest four-door Aston Martin (remember the Lagonda?) has been spied lapping the famed Nurburgring in Germany, which is a far cry from the frozen lakes of Sweden where it had previously been caught testing. Spy photographers, however, have noticed something different with this Rapide prototype now that all the snow's been brushed off: a glass roof. The transparent canopy extends from the windshield all the way to the back hatch, which is some impressive acreage considering the length of this car's wheelbase. Wearing hardly any camouflage, it's apparent that the Rapide is progressing nicely from concept to production with nary a tweak to dull its sexy shape. It will likely be the first all-new car debuted under the brand's new ownership, though much of the development work was performed when it was still owned by Ford.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      the glass roof has been on the rapide since i first saw the concept in detroit a few years back i thought. the way they explained it to me at NAIAS was that the roof could be made frosted or clear with an electronic current passed through it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      why do they need to put camo on it? its not like its any different from the concept
      • 7 Years Ago
      very cool
      • 7 Years Ago
      Modern cars hardly need anything to make them even heavier, like a glass roof.
      But I can't help but loving them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      More importantly....Whats with all the writing on the road?
      • 7 Years Ago
      These big glass roofs are neat to look at from the outside but suck on the inside. They generally don't come with anything to block the hot sun other than a mesh cloth. Sun damage on the interior of my Aston is not something I would want to worry about.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uh, I'm pretty sure if you own an Aston Martin, your house probably has a garage.

        You sure find alot of things like this to nitpik on for luxury brands (Audi, BMW, Aston) yet have nothing bad to say about Hondas.

      • 7 Years Ago
      imo, aston martin=hotttttttness.

      it's just one of those things where no matter how many i see, i still ogle them. the rapide is a much better looking design than the porsche panamera.
      • 7 Years Ago
      On the AM Crossover...
      i think it would be cool and make AM a ton of money... imagine that as a tech showcase... with a electric motor assisting a V6... lol... i am "imagineering" something that is as fast as the cars but has 30-40mpg...

      i wish is had 10billion dollars to play with...
      • 7 Years Ago
      What James Bond would drive when he becomes a chauffeur
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm surprised no one has commented on the lack of design creativity by AM. All of their vehicles look extremely similar with very little difference among the models.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you serious? What are they supposed to do? Make it UGLIER???

        When you build the sexiest cars on the planet, like Aston Martin does, almost any deviation is a DOWNGRADE. If they mess with it, they'll only ruin it.

        They are all on the same modular chassis, and hey are supposed to bear resemblance to each other. The DB9, DBS, and Rapide all use the same front and rear lights and grille. The silver paint on the front bumper makes them look different as a camouflage.

        DB9 is the basis, DBS loses the rear seats and gains power, and the Rapide gains rear doors and rear leg room. Otherwise they are nearly just variant trim lines of all the same car. The V8 Vantage actually has less in common with the others, being smaller.

        I am not sure where this thing about a glass roof being heavier... Granted, the glass or polycarbonate is heavier than the steel skin would be, but you also lose the insulation padding, and headliner, so I can't imagine it is all that much heavier. Although a moving panel does have a mechanism, where fixed glass roofs don't. Still, so many cars have moonroofs or full glass roofs anymore, it hardly seems like a giant problem.

        This isn't a lotus, anyway, it is a ultra-premium luxury sport sedan. I think the V12 can handle moving a the weight of a glass roof, and it adds a significant nice touch.

        Now, if they would put a fixed transparent roof on the V8 Vantage... THAT would be awesome. It wouldn't even need to open, just be clear. Or better yet, electrochomic, where a very small bit of electric current turns a liquid crystal layer opaque with a switch.

        There is not a four door car on this planet that is sleeker and sexier than the Rapide, and if anyone has a problem with the car, tends to say more about themselves than the car. A crude handle is further evidence.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1. the glass roof is not fixed...
      2. this in black is the hotness... (imagine picking ur kids up from school in this... lol... going to walmart and then going home...) lol...
      3. i want to see a AM Crossover... 400HP, AWD, seats 5, $75,000
        • 7 Years Ago
        that would completely ruin the integrity of the brand but would be just too cool.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        God forbid! I hope this is another April joke, and thah no one at aston martinn hears about it.
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