Production Aston Martin Rapide Shows Off SexyBack In Parking Lot

Simon Gregg of the seemingly always-on-the-ball-when-it-comes-to-Aston-Martin Car Magazine stumbled upon this production model of the all-new Aston Martin Rapide sport sedan sunning itself in a parking lot without a single trace of camouflage.

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The test car you see here is likely one of the final prototype models of the four-door Aston scheduled to be officially revealed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show this upcoming September. The undisguised prototype is finished in a menacing black color with a contrasting red interior.

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Poised to take on other strangely rear-ended sport sedans such as the Porsche Panamera, the Rapide will be powered by a a 6.0-liter V12 doling out 470 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque.

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This Magna Steyr-produced Aston Martin's expected to hit showrooms around the world in early 2010 with a price point expected upwards of $200K.

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Head on over to Car Magazine for a couple of at-speed shots plus the photos we've shown you here. [via CarScoop]

DISCUSSION

Nice but bland.

And to think Porsche is accused of desing lazyness...

Any sportscar Ian Callum has designed since the DB7 (15 years ago!) looks basically the same, with only small modifications to the front and rear clips and overall size. Yes he chose a nice basic shape, but after using the same template SEVEN TIMES (DB7, Vanquish, DB9, V8 Vantage, Jag XK, DBS, Rapide) you have to come up with something new, preferably a new direction you already hinted at with existing designs.

Aston (Callum) didn't do that and now risks alienating its customers with the next step (Vanquish successor?) which will probably be fundamentally different and unexpected. The Lagonda concept was a first sign for this development in my view.