Showing posts in the category of Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Updates Vanquish and Rapide S, 8-Speed Gearbox Debuts [72 Pics]


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Aston Martin has made comprehensive technical updates to its Rapide S and Vanquish models, both of which now feature an all-new 8-speed auto, new engine management system, as well as updated trims and options.

Aston Martin May not Build Lagonda SUV, Focus on Sedan Instead


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When Aston Martin unveiled the Lagonda SUV concept in 2009, reactions to the study’s design were mixed at best. It wasn’t exactly a pretty sight and it failed to convince management that it will be a winner.

Rendered Attempt at Upcoming Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan


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While the Aston Martin Rapide looked a bit a lot like a stretched DB9 with two extra doors, it still caught on and found its niche buyers. However, they most likely mainly bought it for the same reasons the two-door models sold in the first place: style, badge, luxury and, of course, sound signature.

The Aston Martins of the Geneva Motor Show in 61 Photos


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While we may poke some fun at you if you think that's a Ford-face in the gallery, no one here will say anything if you have to check out the moniker of each car to make sure which Aston Martin model you're looking at – okay, with the exception of the Rapide.

Man Explains Why he Bought and Loves his Aston Martin Rapide


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The day cars will no longer be a source of joy for their passionate owners will be the day on which we will know that the world is nearing the end… It’s not the most encouraging of prospects, and while there is a sense that the day is drawing ever closer given the direction the industry is going in, it’s not here yet; if cool cars continue to be made, we will be able to keep it at bay, and save the world.

Aston Martin Debuts Q Bespoke Personalization Service in Frankfurt


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Aston Martin has revealed the “Q by Aston Martin” customizing service at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Exemplified on a Vanquish Volante model, the bespoke personalization service “goes far beyond the options list to offer demanding clients the very broadest choice and, as such, truly bespoke sports cars,” according to British brand.

Tesla Model S Drag Raced Against the Aston Martin Rapide S


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With European deliveries of the Tesla Model S started last month, we’re beginning to see more reviews of the U.S. electric sedan, as auto journalists from the Old Continent get behind the wheel of the the luxury EV. The latest one comes from UK’s Autocar, which has put the Tesla to the test against the Aston Martin Rapide S.

NCE Decapitates Acura TL Sedan, Proposes to do the Same to AM Rapide and Hyundai Equus


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To be frank, I never understood the allure or the reasoning, for that matter, behind the aftermarket conversion of four-door sedans to convertibles, but I guess each to his own taste.

While we're on the subject of taste (or the lack thereof…), the drop-top specialists over at Newport Convertible Engineering (NEC) from Placentia, California, have sharpened their scalpels on the roof of an Acura TL sedan turning it into a four-door cabriolet with a center roll-bar to keep things in place. The gold stripes running down the middle are the cherry icing to this strangely flavored cake.

Autocar Gets the Keys to Bertone's Aston Martin Jet 2+2 Shooting Brake


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Two of the current coolest fast-estates are solely one-offs, with neither getting the official confirmation for production, despite looking very promising. I am talking about the Aston Martin Jet 2+2 shooting brake and Porsche's Panamera Sports Turismo concept.

Aston Martin Sends Hydrogen-Burning Rapide S to Racing!


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Aston Martin and Alset Global, a technology and engineering company founded in 2005, have announced that they will be entering an Aston Martin Rapide S into the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race, which takes place May 19-20.

The car they will be using is a prototype, and it features a twin-turbo system, in addition to the fact that it can also burn both hydrogen and gasoline (in tandem or separately). The company whose name is "Tesla" spelt backwards says it plans to complete the first ever zero-emissions hydrogen-powered lap of the 'Ring, and "make history."

Aston Martin Explains the Rapide S in Five Minute-Long Video


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The Aston Martin Rapide S is one of the nicest looking four-door sedans in the world, but many will dismiss it as being a simple facelift of the previous model. Here to correct you is the firm's Director of Product Development, Ian Minards, who breaks the S apart in front of your eyes and puts all the changes they've made into perspective.

Bertone Brings Two Unique Aston Martin Jet Models to Geneva


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The Vanquish Centenary isn't the only car created by/for Aston Martin for the celebration of their 100th birthday. Aside from the limited-run production model, Bertone also presented two one-off specials at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show.

New Rapide S Takes Center Stage at Aston Martin's Geneva Motor Show Stand


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Don’t let the “S” designation fool you: the Rapide S, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, is not a sportier version of Aston Martin’s sole four-door model but its revamped replacement.

The jury is still out on that pedestrian-friendly, huge one-piece grille (the rest of the bodywork is mostly the same) but under the skin Aston’s engineers have done a lot of work.

Bertone Makes a One-Off Shooting Brake Model Out of the Aston Martin Rapide


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One very lucky (and wealthy…) Aston Martin collector from Britain will soon get his hands on a one-off, shooting brake version of the Rapide sports sedan named the Jet 2+2, which was made by Bertone, but not before the Italian coachbuilder reveals the car to the public at next week's 83rd Geneva International Auto Show.

New Aston Martin Rapide S gets 550HP and a Huge Grille [w/Video]


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If there are one or two things the Rapide wasn't short of, it sure wasn’t looks or power. On the other hand, the upper echelons of the luxury four-door sedan segment are becoming more crowded by the day and Aston Martin’s offering, which is already three years old, isn’t getting any younger.

Thus, the Gaydon-based manufacturer developed the Rapide S, a more powerful (by a significant 17 percent), redesigned and re-engineered version of its sports sedan.

Instantly recognizable by its single-, instead of two-piece, front-grille, the sportiest four-door ever built by Aston Martin keeps the Rapide’s delicious looks and adds more of everything.

EVO Reviews the Aston Martin Rapide, Compares it to the Maserati Gran Turismo


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If Aston Martin’s Rapide strikes you as an elongated DB9 with two extra doors and seats, that is because, well, it is.

Designed as a more practical alternative to the British luxury automaker’s line-up, which otherwise consists only of two-door models, the truth is that the Rapide may be the one of the sexiest four-door models on sale, but it hasn’t managed to achieve the kind of sales Aston was hoping for.

Aston Martin Celebrates Centenary with Special Edition Models


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On January 15, Aston Martin became 100 years old and to celebrate its birthday, it announced the launch of 100 examples of each of its model lines, including the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish – but not the Cygnet (we wonder why…), which are offered for sale worldwide now.

So, Does the New Ford Fusion / Mondeo's Snout Resemble that of the Aston Martin Rapide?


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A lot has been said about the styling similarities between Ford's new corporate nose and in particular, the trapezoidal grille, and the one used by the Blue Oval's former premium brand, Aston Martin, on models like the Rapide luxury sports saloon.

Naturally, when the opportunity arose, Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire didn't miss out on the chance to park his black 2013 Ford Fusion (to be sold as the new Ford Mondeo in Europe and other regions) next to an Aston Martin Rapide in the same color and shoot a few pictures for us to compare.

Scoop: Aston Martin Rapide Sports Saloon Goes Under the Knife


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Aston Martin seems to be following Porsche's evolutionary example not only in terms of design, but also in other areas by constantly tweaking, upgrading and adding new editions to its existing range of models.

After the recent presentations of the new Vanquish coupe and the refined 2013MY DB9 series, the British automaker has turned its attention to the Rapide sedan that was captured by our scoop photographers with barely any camouflage.

We previously reported that Aston Martin was readying a peppier "S" version of its luxury sports saloon, which we believe still holds true, but we now know that the regular Rapide will also benefit from a light makeover.

Kahn Suits Up Aston Martin Rapide Saloon with Some Discreet Upgrades


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More often than not, when it comes to sports cars of the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide it’s better/wiser to keep the aftermarket upgrades as limited and as discreet as possible, which is the path followed by British customizer Afzal Kahn.