2014 Aston Martin Rapide S First Drive
Aston-Martin is no stranger to the production of fashion-forward four-door automobiles. The Lagonda, for example, was in production for 16 years, ending the Me Decade with a flourish of canted angles and upright sophistication. Fans have had to wait longer than the Lagonda's entire run in order to once again sample a sport sedan from the storied marque, but as the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S proves (the latest and greatest version of the model that first debuted in 2010), it's been time well spent.
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is a gorgeous coming together of glass, metal, and all manner of exotic composite materials, shaped to resemble Aston Martin's fleet of two-door grand touring cars as much as possible. In fact, it's only the additional length of the Rapide S' footprint that gives it away as a sloped-roof sedan - that and the thin line sweeping up in front of the rear fender well that indicates where the second set of doors cut into the vehicle's exquisite form. Seen from either the front or the rear, the Aston Martin Rapide S maintains the same aggressive, yet high class image that has helped create one of the most visually pleasing automobile lineups on the market.