Can an Austrian-built Aston Martin four-door ever make a fitting flagship for the unbroken, 97-year line of Aston sports cars that preceded it - every one of them designed and built in England?
In order to find out, Autocar visited Magna Steyr's factory in Graz, Austria.
Take a photo tour of the facility - which is fronted by a wide, stone-faced 'front office' facade reminiscent of the firm's much-admired Gaydon HQ - by clicking on Aston Martin Graz factory tour
During his tour, Steve Cropley encounters some of the 20 Gaydon engineers imported to Graz to ensure that Aston's quality standards are replicated in the Rapide.
Rapid project manager is also full of praise for the 220 technicians chose by Magna Steyr to build the car. "Magna already knows about building quality cars," he says.
Cropley also discovers that the Graz operation is almost a carbon copy of Gaydon, except that body assembly and final assembly are straight lines instead of U-shaps, one of the dictates of the space available.