• Sep 6, 2010

Aston Martin Rapide – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aston Martin Lagonda hasn't lacked for four-door models in its history, but its latest efforts have had us all scratching our heads in bewilderment. Instead of badging the Rapide as a Lagonda model, the four-door DB9 derivative came to market instead as an Aston. Meanwhile, the Lagonda badge was resurrected for an odd crossover concept that, let's just say, wasn't warmly received after its unveiling at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

Subsequent reports indicated that the Lagonda concept – reportedly based on a Mercedes platform – was heading back to the drawing boards. The latest reports, however, indicate a different approach. Apparently the crossover has been canned entirely, but that doesn't mean the dormant half of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd is going back to sleep.

In response to customer complaints that the Rapide was lacking in rear-seat legroom (and it is pretty cramped back there), AML is now reportedly preparing to enlarge the four-door coupe into a more accommodating form that will bear the Lagonda name in the crossover's stead. Sources place the sedan's arrival no sooner than four years from now, so your long-legged friends will have to wait a while longer before they can stretch out in the back of Gaydon's finest.




[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Lagonda of the 80s one of the worst cars ever? Apparently it had a temperamental digital instrument cluster and if you managed to sell a pristine example today you would experience 99% depreciation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt the Lagonda reliability was signifantly worse than pre-Ford Jaguar, for example. Nor appreciably worse than any of the other ex-Brit marques like Triumph or MG.

        Of course, pre-Ford British car reliability has never been a selling point...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not much of a CUV fan, so I will not lose any sleep. That sedan looks sexy.

      Now, if only GM could ax a couple of its redundant, re-badged cross-overs and replace them with sex coups, sedans, and convertibles similar in look to this...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The thing that always fascinated me about the concept was that if you reduced the grille height by about half and reduced the height of the thing itself it would go from being a horrible SUV to potentially a very good looking luxury sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats true for a lot of vehicles. The Toyota Venza is a great example, actually better since Toyota even seemed to realize and sort of lied about the height in the first commercials. I can't find a video of it but the first commercials for it that I saw on television where stretched, in in the Venza looked like an incredibly sharp low station wagon. But then I noticed that the wheels on the car in that commercial were oval rather then round. I wasn't till I first saw one in person that I realized how big a difference that little bit of height went towards ruining otherwise good aesthetics. Had they designed it as a wagon rather then a cross over it would have looked worlds better IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the Rapide *was* a sedan?

      But three big cheers for that horribly horrid Lagonda concept being deep-sixed!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, the Rapide should have been given the Lagonda name, saving "Rapide" for something else, like a track-oriented 2-seat supercar of some sort.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gods be praised.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In other news: Aston Martin's new sedan will look similiar to the Porsche Panamera at the back.

        Bad joke aside there is no way for Aston Martin to keep a swooping roofline.
        To keep the lines they'd have to elongate the Rapide's body to ridiculous proportions.
        And the Rapide looks way too stretched for my eyes already.
        Unless someone wants to drive a seven metre yacht on wheels...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is.
        Did you not read the article? it's all explained there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Bond ever stopped dodging bullets, had kids and settled down, he'd need the Lagonda for its space, unparalleled driving characteristcs and its dashingly good looks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the lagonda concept has to be the most ungainly and downright hideous cars to ever be displayed with an aston martin badge
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Lagonda is going to be one ridiculously long car. Think about it: the Rapide's already 197 inches in length. By contrast, the Lexus LS600hL is 204 inches from bumper to bumper.

      Like, seriously?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm, those are normal measurements for luxury cars? Seriously where do these people come from, I swear its like you just like hearing the sound of your keyboard as you type, lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        For LUXURY cars. Unless you're telling me Aston's making an S Class competitor. Aston has always been focused on performance, and at that length, the only thing that comes remotely close to that word is the S63/S65.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully it will be packaged better, more like a Porsche Panamera.
      • 4 Years Ago
      bears a striking resemblance to Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma. if I didn't know better I'd think the same guy designed all three : )
      this is the ugliest though. also the most primitive drivetrain
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it just me or does that look like the chrysler me412
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank Christ! That Lagonda concept was ten shades of ugly!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank God!
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