First spy pictures of Gaydon’s forthcoming four-door model emerge
17 January 2008

We’ve been waiting for what seems like an age to see the first road-going prototypes of Aston Martin’s next big thing, the Rapide four-door GT. Now, spy photographs of the car have surfaced on an American blogging ‘site, showing that road-based development work on the car is finally in full swing.These photos show a British-registered Rapide stopped for refuelling at a motorway service station somewhere in continental Europe. It’s clearly a very early prototype; the car’s rear doors are held in place by clips. However, the images do show that the car’s basic exterior design and proportions haven’t changed much since the Rapide concept was shown two years ago.Many within the motor industry were expecting the Rapide to enter production this year. By the look of these shots, and according to the latest inside information from Gaydon, the car will be more likely to arrive sometime in 2009. Aston is expected to announce that the car will be developed and assembled outside of the UK, by an engineering specialist like Karmann, Magna Steyr or Pininfarina. As Aston CEO Ulrich Bez recently told Autocar, there isn't enough spare capacity at the firm's Gaydon assembly plant to build the Rapide there, and the project wouldn't be profitable enough to merit an investment in the facility to enlarge it.

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18 January 2008

Does anyone else think it would be a kick in the teeth at Ferrari if Pininfarina built this car for Aston? I know Ferrari don't make a four door but they do do a four seat V12, so to my mind it would be direct competition to them.

18 January 2008

These images were taken with a mobile phone by one Martin Relsted on the Danish island of Funen and were originally shown on the website of Danish car magazine Bil Magasinet on January 14. Relsted reports that the car was left-hand drive and equipped with a rollcage.

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18 January 2008

Not this?

I've seen these on the A38 near The Belfry in Warks. They've been plowing up and own there. Thought it looked contrived actually.

18 January 2008

Not for much longer. The final 612 Scagliettis will be rolling down the line shortly.

GD

19 January 2008

The car looks great, pity they are not marketing it as a Lagonda.

GB

19 January 2008

I agree - the Lagonda 'brand' is worth reviving (even though the 1960s Lagonda Rapide was a flop, not helped by its Edsel-like nose). This one makes the Panamera look contrived...

19 January 2008

I suppose segmenting the market further, the space between an Exec saloon and a GT/Coupe, was going to happen and has happen with in the past with Ferraris Mondial and the current Maserati.

And Porsche have the Panamerica coming but all I can say is the Aston looks stunning whereas the Panamerica looks like a big bar of soap. Spot on AM.

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