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Quick Silver

Yes, the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide is pricey and chugs gas like Gatorade in a heat wave. But look at it. Can you afford not to buy this car?

Author MIKE GUY Photography COURTESY OF ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA LIMITED

CLOSE YOUR EYES for a moment and think on this: What’s missing? Because you care about the world and the people who live here, you undoubtedly came up with all the right answers: world peace, justice for the downtrodden, red velvet cupcakes that will smooth out even the deepest crow’s feet. There’s something else, though, isn’t there? Hmmm….

You looked at the picture, didn’t you? Anyway, yes. What’s missing is the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide, a four-door design dynamo that will cost around $200,000 and get less than 20 miles per gallon on the highway. No need to justify this seemingly insane purchase by summoning the easy association with the 1965 DB5 in Goldfinger. The simple fact is, whoever you are, male or female, there’s a hole in your psyche shaped just like this stupefying piece of automotive art. It’s 16.4 feet long, 6.2 feet wide, with exquisite lines, a come-hither grille and the silhouette of the most sublime four-door artillery shell ever fired down a winding highway. And the Rapide is the only object on earth that can fill it.

According to the automotive rabble, the Rapide—which is a descendant of 1961’s boxy Lagonda Rapide, though its design is entirely modern—is the four-door that will overtake the Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Audi A7, the bulky Porsche Panamera, the bombastic Lamborghini Estoque. All that is fine, and probably true (though what’s the point of arguing the fine points of that bunch of cars?). But the real question is, will it be the most important thing in your life? And the answer is yes. Because once you fill the Rapide-size hole, little else will matter. What spouse, no matter how nurturing, muscular, curvy or kind, could hope to compete with what Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s director of design, calls “the most beautiful four-door sports car in the world”?

Now about those cupcakes…

NOT-SO-STANDARD FEATURES

The 6.0-liter V-12 engine just sounds like money.

“Strakes” trail the side vents and dissolve into the rear doors.

Classy “swan wing” doors open up and out at the same time.

The roof is made entirely of tinted poly-carbonate “glass.”

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