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post #21 of 31 Old 18th January 2008, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Sebring NL View Post
Personally, I think the Aston design is detoriating.

The Vanquish was amazing, but the V8 Vantage is not as nice in real life IMO. I hoped this 4 door would look like the previously shown pics, but it just looks like an 'ordinary' aston with a middle section.

bit disappointed.
To untrained eye they all look alike,the original design is getting dilluted and boring with so many different models sporting the same architecture.
A regular DB9 cannot stay with either M5 nor M6 ,so the Rapide with it's much higher weight can only compete against Qp and nothing else.
Btw,that name "Rapide" should be changed to Lagonda or something else,it reminds me the old Skoda Rapide...
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Couldn't have said it better.

Its like they're franchising the shape now, which isn't always bad (look at E30-E32-E34 bmw range) but in this segment of the market, I wouldn't go for it.
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Originally Posted by Disci View Post
Forgive the noob question, but what are the 'fittings' which I've marked with the red circles?



These are there to mask the car a bit. You can see a similar treatment to the front door handles. This is SOP when a test mule is out on the road pre-production.

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Don't like it at all.

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I think it looks great but agree that its too long.
BMW started this with the 4 door sports sedan, then MB followed, now porsche and aston are doing the same.
I heard the price is going to be in the high 180s to low 200's so i don't think its something we have to worry about.
For the same price you could get a M5 and M6 convertible.
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To untrained eye they all look alike,the original design is getting dilluted and boring with so many different models sporting the same architecture.
Even to this trained eye the various models all look too similar. It's like they came up with one good design and now are baking variations to franchise it as broadly as possible. 2 seat coupe, 2+2, and now a 4 dr. Of course, similar things can be said about the BMW, what with the "same" kidney grille since the 60s. But the only thing different about the Astons is the number of inches between the A and C pillars. There is the "standard" amount in the DB9, "less" in the Vantage, and now "more" in the Rapide, like a stretch limo.

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