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The Top Gear car review:Aston Martin Rapide S
For:It’s very gorgeous and very fast and drives beautifully too
Against:It's only an occasional four-seater
What is it?
A DB9 which someone held the button on the extrusion machine for too long. The result? A gorgeous five-metre long, four-door Aston Martin, which might add little in the way of real usable space in the rear, but takes up more space parked in Casino Square in Monte Carlo. Unquestionably elegant, the Rapide also possesses the power to match it. It’s now built in Britain which should give the range a fillip – spot these new improved Rapide S models from their Vanquish-style grille and generally more sporting and focused demeanour.