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Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera Turbo: Comparison of the four-door sports cars

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera Turbo
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So, your chauffeur has been acting strange lately. Unobtrusively draped brochures of the A ston Martin Rapide, mentions casually that there is finally a really chic limousine. One that, despite four doors and five meters in length, has a true coupé aura. Of course, as a connoisseur, you counter calmly: “Aston Martin Rapide? Everything has been there before, between 1961 and 1964, even as a shooting brake. A total of 28 survived. ”

The Aston Martin Rapide is unsuitable for busy rear-seaters

If the loyal soul behind the wheel continues to insist, digging at the leasing contract which is about to expire remembers, lectured on the six-liter twelve-cylinder hand-made in Cologne and the almost 25 centimeters stretched vertical /horizontal aluminum chassis that the sedan shares with the coupés: stop the egoist before it's too late. The Aston Martin Rapide is for busy fund-raising enthusiasts about as well suited as Prince Charles for the reign. It would work - but it wouldn't be great. Of course, the Aston Martin has Rapide Doors and seats for four, but the two folding leather shells in the rear are made for small (Isofix!) Rather than weighty decision-makers. Too narrow, too narrow, and separated by the dominant center console.

The driving report shows: The Aston Martin Rapide hugs its guests

One could say benevolently that the Aston Martin hugs its guests in the rear as deeply as possible a sports car. A touch of suppleness can't hurt either. So: whoever sits in front in the Aston Martin Rapide is in front. With a view of the cool instruments with counter-rotating pointers and the joy of being able to slide the even cooler car key - a solid block with a crystal tip - into the start slot.

A key experience for everyone who only tolerates Grande Complication on their wrist. Knowing full well that a Swatch for 50 euros shows the time just as precisely as such a mechanical masterpiece for the price of an Aston Martin Rapide. Which in turn is the 180,000 euros for thelargely handmade limousine justifies it in 220 man hours. Not to mention their priceless gentleman aura. So when you point out the almost 50,000 euros difference to the Porsche Panamera Turbo, you almost feel like a bean counter.

The Porsche Panamera appears self-confidently in the driving report

Although the Porsche Panamera with its biturbo V8, all-wheel drive and comparably opulent equipment appears truly self-confident. Only the shape of the rear end demands a willingness to compromise on the part of coupé fans - which in turn can be dispensed with when it comes to space in the rear. Verdict: Thank you, it's enough. And anyway: Porsche defends itself with power against malicious remarks - the 500 dazzling horsepower and 700 Newton meters in an enormously well-balanced chassis.

This steering alone - for that, many sports car drivers would slide on their knees to Weissach, to pay homage to the engineers. That tight-knit group that has not only expertise but also a sense of humor. Just like when they stuck “Made in Flacht” on the rear of the Le Mans winner 911 GT1 - as a sign of the solidarity with its place of birth and the Weissach-Flacht test track. The three-dimensional unfolding rear spoiler of the Panamera should adorn “Made in Leipzig” because it is installed there. The Aston Martin Rapide, on the other hand, is manufactured in Graz, although it was developed at the Gaydon headquarters. Just graceful. And powerful.

The Aston Martin Rapide denies its weight

Certainly you have already seen beastly ripping twelve-cylinder, more massive 477 hp and 600 Newton meters under your right foot - but never in the bow of such an elegant four-door . The Aston Martin Rapide denies its two tons and the extra fund not only visually, but also physically quite successfully. Willing to give in, stay reliably in line and ensure proper traction - it can do that and rejects the prejudice of the sluggishly saturated sedan. The engine mounted far to the rear plus an automatic transmission on the rear axle help as well as the limited-slip differential and the double triangular wishbone suspension with steel springs and Bilstein adaptive dampers.

The fact that so little was wasted on mimicry from the technically related Aston Martin DB9 to the Rapide is also thanks to Ulrich Bez. A man who, as head of Porsche development, saw the cost explosion at the Porsche Panamera almost twenty years ago Predecessor 989 almost torn apart and which has now grown together so Aston that the German-British forum distinguished it for the connection between both cultures. What sets him apart is that, despite the approaching retirement age, in racing overalls and sweaty hair, he exudes that manliness that test tube managers lack. The Rapide also conveys this sporting spirit.

The Porsche Panamera impresses in the driving report with its independent interior

Logically, Bezhim and his development team the traditional use of a new model in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Whereby - such a Porsche Panamera as a Ring Kong would also have something. Biturbo blowing angrily under the hood and Walter Röhrl at the wheel of the cleared monster - the fans behind the fence would probably lose the grill tongs. In the here and now, the Porsche Panamera prefers to impress with its beautifully crafted, independent interior. An ergonomic mix of athletes and limousines. High quality workmanship, modern equipment, easy to use despite the abundance of buttons - even if Aston fans are shocked by the offensive abundance of modern technology.

It will probably not even turn the more everyday Porsche Panamera space - even in the rear on comfortable individual seats that can be adjusted for an extra charge - into left-hand key carriers. The same applies to the 432-liter trunk, which exceeds that of the Aston Martin Rapide by 115, and with the backrests folded down by 364 liters. When driving, a difference can also hardly be denied. The Porsche Panamera focuses more sharply, keeps the chosen line even more ruthless, steps up more brutally if necessary, shifts more zigzagly than the six-speed automatic converter of the Aston Martin Rapide via the seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Both sports cars in the driving report have their special charm

In addition, the Porsche chassis with air suspension, adaptive dampers and active stabilizers handles especially long waves cooler than the more dry-tuned Brit. It compensates for it with its hoarse, aristocratic exhaust sound that only a twelve-cylinder vacuum cleaner can breathe. What should you tell your chauffeur now? Something Solomonic: Take both. Like the readers of auto motor und sport . They voted the Porsche Panamera as the best sedan overall, and the Aston Martin Rapide as the best imported car.

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