Dead-ish: Aston Martin Rapide

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The gas-sucking, V12-powered Aston Martin Rapide is dead. Well, sort of.

The Rapide will supposedly be replaced by the RapidE, an all-electric successor to the car, as Aston CEO Andy Palmer told Australia’s Motoring:

“The Rapide as a car by itself disappears, [but] the four-door market is covered in a different way.”

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“So obviously there’s a platform for the electric Rapide, so it has life in front of it, but the Rapide as you see it today is also going to be replaced by the DBX on one hand and the Lagonda on the other,” said Palmer.

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Motoring specifically asked Palmer about the RapidE, to which he responded “It’s coming 2018. It’s around the corner.”

Aston Martin has made no secret of the fact that it, like Audi and BMW and probably all the other luxury automakers, are eventually gunning for Tesla with more high-end electric cars. And Aston Martin itself said a year ago that it would be teaming up with Chinese tech giant LeEco—the backer of the very questionable Faraday Future—on battery technology, but it’s not immediately clear whether that partnership is still happening or not amid LeEco’s cash crunch.

Do you think this means the Rapide is dead, or does its heart transplant mean that it’s merely being updated? Did the 911 die when it went water-cooled?

Yes. Obviously.

RIP the Rapide.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

DISCUSSION

bradleyland
Brad Landers

I drove a Rapide (and OMG, a V12 Vantage S) at an Aston Martin drive even that I was (obviously mistakenly) invited to. What a bizarre automobile. I wouldn’t call the Rapide uncomfortable — at least not for me — but it was completely and utterly impractical for anyone not in decent physical shape.

These are the back seats.

I cannot emphasize how deep those buckets are. It’s also kind of difficult to see, but the rear doors don’t come anywhere near the backs of the rear seats. You fall back almost a foot.

If you’re under 40, they’re incredible. Anyone with even minor ambulatory issues is basically trapped once they get in though.

FWIW, they were incredibly comfortable and supportive. If you are going to be in the back of a car while someone drives fast, these are the best seats for the job... for that once in a hundred years time it will happen.

I’ve never driven an Panamera, but I’ve been inside a couple. Here is the back of a Panamera.

Similar, but the “bucket” factor is far less significant. Interestingly, the Panamera has similar issues with the distance between the rear door opening and the seat-backs, but because the bottoms of the seats aren’t so deeply bucketed, getting in and out isn’t nearly as difficult.

All of this is the long way around saying that I felt like the Rapide was too focused for its market.