There are few riskier propositions than producing a four-door sportscar, because sedan proportions and coupe proportions are so different. Where others have failed, the Rapide not only succeeds, it’s a drop-dead gorgeous stunner. It has the moves to match its voluptuous curves because the Rapide builds off of the lightweight and rigid VH architecture of the DB9 coupe, stretching it a foot but keeping all of the good bits: the 6-liter V12, rear ZF transaxle, and most of the DB9’s advanced suspension. Chalk it up to the fact that Aston Martin is run by Dr. Ulrich Bez, who isn’t just a guy in a tailored suit—he’s a real car nut, and the Rapide had to perform to his high standards. It does this and more, as Dr. Bez drove a very lightly modified version of the Rapide in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, which finished without a hitch. Off the track, the Aston sedan is a pleasing mix of ferocious V12 acceleration and the hand-crafted, luxurious interiors that Aston fans have come to expect. All in all, the Rapide not afraid to flaunt what it’s got.