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Spy shots: Aston Martin Rapide S caught testing for the first time

Spy shots: Aston Martin Rapide S caught testing for the first time

Aston Martin Rapide S has been rumored for quite some time now, but just now Aston Martin decided to take the car out for some testing sessions. And luckily for us our spy photographers were in the right place at the right time and managed to shot some images of the next Rapide S.

As you can see the prototype is heavily camouflaged and its pretty difficult to see what changes will be made for the luxury sedan, but the spoiler looks as it will go deeper than on the normal Rapide, and the grille has also grown and will receive bigger air intakes - proof that under the hood there will be a more powerful engine. At the back the rear lights have also been changed and the spoiler is also bigger and more sculpted.

Under the hood Aston Martin will place the same 6.0 Liter V12 engine, but with output will go up to about 500 - 520 HP. It has also been rumored that the next Rapide S will also get a modified chassis setup.

Expect to see the new Rapide S launched by the end of the year.

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2017 Alfa Romeo from the mind of a young designer

2017 Alfa Romeo from the mind of a young designer

So what if 2017 is still seven years from now; some people just have vivid imaginations. Jacob McMurry is one designer that isn’t afraid to experiment with his works and his latest creation – a rendering of a 2017 Alfa Romeo – is clearly no exception.

Described as someting in the range of what should be Aston Martin’s top-of-the-line model, McMurry’s design - he calls it the 2017 Alfa Romeo Executive Fastback Saloon - has ‘futuristic’ written all over it. The car’s overall shape is unique in its own right, especially the tail, which, according to McMurry was inspired by the gondolas of Venice. The ‘sliced’ hood in the front end, as well as the clear glass roof that goes all the way to the rear are a few more examples of McMurry’s rather unorthodox design.

The good thing about designing a car for a calendar year that’s a long way from the present is that you can go bananas with your design. While we’ve seen some pretty good ones in the past, Jacob McMurry’s take on this 2017 Alfa Romeo could have been one of them if it wasn’t for the gondola-looking rear end, which, to be honest, is just completely out of place.

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