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New Aston Martin Rapide S looks a LOT like the Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by cfOH, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. cfOH

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    Yea, you are right about that. They say copying is highest form of flattery, but it sure makes me mad.
     
  3. Todd Burch

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    ...As do previous versions, like this 2011 Rapide:

    rapide.jpg
     
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    I kinda sorta think maybe it's the other way around. Was not the Tesla Model S inspired a bit by the Aston-Martin V8 Vantage?
     
  5. Dragonfly

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    Rapide was first shown as a concept vehicle at the 2006 Detroit auto show.
     
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    Hmm...you may have a point about temporality, here. :redface:

    Maybe it was the color and those new Rapide wheels that made me think "Model S!" where I had not before.
     
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    No further questions, your honor.
     
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    They were all designed by Fisker so that's why they look similar - he got sued by Tesla after he consulted with them about the design and then left to form his own company.

     
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    #9 Dragonfly, Jul 3, 2013
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    Chicken or egg, they are both dang nice looking cars and I would clean out the garage for either one. :smile:

    Speaking of lookalikes, anyone ever catch a glimpse of a Kia Optima out of the corner of your eye and think MS? The proportions are definetly not right, but if you look at it quick...

    2013-Kia-Optima-side-view-1024x640.jpg
     
  10. ElSupreme

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    Man that keyhole on the door is not very slightly.
     
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    No question the Kia is nowhere near as refined and pleasing as the MS or Rapide.
     
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    True, but for an economy vehicle they do a pretty good job at design.

    Regarding look alikes, squint and many sports sedans look similar ... the desire for low drag demands certain design constraints.
     
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    anyone up for photoshopping the Rapide and MS into the same shot?
     
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    Car design is an example of convergent evolution. Low Cd, max volume, largest wheelbase, and aesthetics cause convergence. Plus same original designer in this case.
     
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    well the model s looks like a maserati granturismo, jaguar xf/xj
     
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    The interior of the Rapide is a whole different ball game. Plush but like being stuffed into a space capsule. Nice looking car though. Astons are my favorites along with the Tesla of course.
     
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    They do look very similar, but the Aston Martin Rapide has a Cd of 0.36 while Tesla Model S has a Cd of 0.24.
    Aston Martin Rapide vs Porsche Panamera | Auto Express
     
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    Nope, not true.
    Fisker cannot do sedans :)


    The RAPIDE is the sole masterpiece of their own designer and his team.
    Marek Reichman.

    Apart from Franz maybe the most talented designer at the moment (exception, maybe behind DaSilva/Audi).
    Jonathan Ive is a big fan of him, which alone says a lot.


    best
     
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