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Offline mhh

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Love the overall look although, yeah, it is a DB9 four door.  However, the rear seat will be for kids only.  It is a 4 door coupe.  And there's your problem.  It isn't small or hard enough to be a sports car and it isn't roomy enough to challenge an S-Class or even a Panamera for carrying people.  So where does that leave it?



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Aston Martin pulls the wraps off its new Rapide supercar, with DB9's V12 power
Stephen Dobie

Aston Martin has finally shown the production version of its Rapide supersaloon. The four-door DB9 has been knocking around in concept and test mule form for a while, so its styling isn’t surprising, but that doesn’t stop it being a handsomely proportioned take on the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte.

It’ll pack the V12 from the DB9 Coupe, with 470bhp and 443lb ft being sent to the rear wheels via Aston’s six-speed Touchtronic auto ‘box, specially tuned for the Rapide. The suspension is independent double wishbones all round, with the damping system from the Aston DBS, while there’s trick new dual cast brakes to help slow down the 1950kg saloon. A good thing, really, with the Rapide boasting a sub-supercar 5.1sec dash to 60mph.

While it’s a practical five-door car (the rear boasts a full hatchback), space is more along the lines of a generous 2+2, with the emphasis being on making the Rapide more of a drivers’ car than an executive taxi.

Aston chief Dr Ulrich Bez said that the Rapide is ‘the culmination of the Aston Martin range of sports cars, a car that seals the revival of a truly admired marque. There is now an Aston Martin for every taste and for every use. With Rapide, the entire family can enjoy their Aston Martin together in unison’. His point is proven quite nicely with one of the press shots on the right…

More: http://www.evo.co.uk/news/evonews/241903/aston_martin_rapide.html





Offline mhh

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Love the look of it but not enough go.  5 seconds to 100km/h?  That's hardly "Rapide." Come on!   :p



Offline 993tits

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Love the look of it but not enough go.  5 seconds to 100km/h?  That's hardly "Rapide." Come on!   :p

You're a tough audience MHH............but yeah, you're right, there is never an excuse for not enough power! :p
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wtf is with the doors? why do they come up at a weird angle when they open??

Love the look of it but not enough go.  5 seconds to 100km/h?  That's hardly "Rapide." Come on!   :p

but isn't it a "family" car??



Offline dkabab

wtf is with the doors? why do they come up at a weird angle when they open??


same as other astons... they open up slightly.
a) to clear kurbs
b) to look good



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wtf is with the doors?

You're going to get a mouth full of soap if you keep that language up young man!!!!    :irked:



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It's much easier to get your legs out as the doors are clear and you can swing feet under them and they door clear kerbs better.



Offline mhh

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but isn't it a "family" car??


Yep, and a slow one compared to its closest competitors, the Panamera Turbo and the AMG Benzes.



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