One the road: Aston Martin Rapide | Andrew Anthony | Technology | The Guardian

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Aston Martin Rapide

£139,950

Top speed 188mph

0-62mph in 5.3 seconds

Average 19mpg

CO2 emissions 355g/km

Eco 0.5

Bound for The school run

In a word

As far as we know, James Bond had children. While he often himself tied up, he always to avoid getting tied It remains crucial to his identity as an fantasy that he didn’t to worry about the procreational of recreational ….

We can imagine 007 in a variety of tricky but attending a parents’ meeting or the latest Mini Boden are not among them.

But what if it had out with Vesper Lynd. and settled down and produced a of micro agents? What Bond drive? It’s conceivable that he’d a pram, but surely he wouldn’t own a carrier.

The answer, perhaps, might be an Martin Rapide. the new four-door ideal for those days you’ve got to drop the kids and the world.

Aston Martin Rapide

The four-door sports car is of an oxymoron. It’s not just for of speed that performance are essentially two-seat machines. The also depends on exclusion: an adults-only environment. Thus, for the of the journey, you can accelerate away responsibility and stop being an

Four doors suggest the driver has a lot more baggage will fit in any boot.

The way Aston has dealt with these messages is to produce a beautiful car looks very much any other Aston Martin, longer. It’s more 15 feet in length, but in the front you can con that you’re in the cockpit of much more intimate.

Each time you look your shoulder, it’s a shocking to find that a luxurious rear section is as though not just the dimensions of the but also your life, larger than what you had yourself to believe. And no matter how you go, that life would be there, right behind

But then the Rapide, as the name can go very fast. What dampens the thrill is that a little weighty to manoeuvre town. It’s wide, as as long, and I was driving a left-hand version, which didn’t

I don’t think I’ve yearned so much to get out on the open and enable the car to forget that it was a

In the event, I succeeded in hitting a and puncturing a tyre. It was all rather I pulled into a garage to use the air as I did so, a middle-aged man got out of his people carrier, in his wife and children remained and came over to admire the It was the first one he’d seen on the

Wow, he said, shaking his that’s really something. And he quietly went back and his waiting family.

• This was amended on 5 May 2010. The original the top speed of the Aston Martin as 118mph. This has been

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