• Aug 22, 2008
To the 'Ring we go, and our companions today are -- in the apt words of World Car Fans -- "beauty and the beast." That would be the Aston Martin Rapide and the Porsche Panamera. We'll let you decide which one deserves which title. Follow the link and you'll find a large gallery of both cars in basic black, un-camo'ed and racing each other around the 'Ring to help cast your vote.

In practical considerations, the Panamera looks to have the Rapide beat in all kinds of ways. For instance, it should get better gas mileage if you get the V6 or V8, and it has more trunk space with 450 liters. Aston's cars have little trunk syndrome, and the Rapide probably won't really change that. But hey, who would buy a Panamera or Rapide for practical reasons? Either way, we won't really know the state of things until the 2009 Geneva Motor Show next March when they are officially introduced.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      All I have to say is Porsche better BRING IT. The Rapide hands down is just gorgeous, if it performs as good as it looks, the Panamera is in big trouble.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A poetic matchup of one of the best designs in history and one of the worst
      • 6 Years Ago
      "who would buy a Panamera or Rapide for practical reasons?"

      Probably the same kind of people who buy a Cayenne to take their kids to soccer practice...

      By the way, loving the door clips on the Rapide. I wonder how long it'll take for the ricers to start using them in their CRX's lambo doors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aston trunks are fine. The Vantage is a surprisingly practical car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Harpoons, man them!

      That Porsche is a whale full of ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rapide by far has better proportions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "who would buy a Panamera or Rapide for practical reasons?"

      Probably the same kind of people who buy a Cayenne to take their kids to soccer practice...

      By the way, loving the door clips on the Rapide. I wonder how long it'll take for the ricers to start using them in their CRX's lambo doors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Panamera and the Rapide are both excellent looking cars.

      Have an open mind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it really matter which car beats what on the track? When you're spending anything over a hundred thousand the car better be sexy looking.

      Aston Wins that one easily.

      Kind of proves that the old basic 911 shape just doesn't work for everything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the Panamera designed by the (former Saab man) Michael Mauer? I do see some hints of Saab on the Panamera.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No wonder Porsche never changes the 911...that was their last and only good design idea! (And don't tell me the Boxster and Cayman were breaking new ground for these guys...) This vehicle does not work on any level.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beauty and the BEAST. What a turd/toad, either applies
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