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The cover story

last week was in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing (loved the pho­tog­ra­phy, par­tic­u­larly the cover im­age) but what struck me was just how im­prac­ti­cal the sup­pos­edly prac­ti­cal Rapide S is.

You wouldn’t want to put your en­e­mies in those two back seats; there ap­pears to be very lit­tle space there in­deed. I sup­pose the kids wouldn’t mind, but adults would. I bet tak­ing the bus rather than squeez­ing into the back of the As­ton would be a more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion. No doubt, it looks fab and per­forms amaz­ingly. But why make it a four-door when four adults can’t ac­tu­ally en­joy it?

The Maserati strikes the best bal­ance; lots of power, good looks, a proper back bench and it’s priced to sell. Hope As­ton has been tak­ing notes!

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