VALENCIA, SPAIN—Aston Martin hasn't offered a four-door since the ultralinear ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA
became extinct in the late 1980s. That's about to change. Now Aston Martin
revisits the sedan genre with its new $200,000 Rapide, global recession be damned. This coupé-like four-door may seem audacious for these austere times, but considering the price tags on storied British nameplates like Bentley
and Rolls Royce
(whose entry-level Ghost is still a steep proposition at $245,000), the ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE
starts to look slightly less risqué.Public image aside, how does Aston Martin's newest family member motor? We spent a day touring the Spanish countryside to find out.