Deliveries of Aston Martin's first batch of Rapide sedans will begin in the next few weeks. The Rapide, which is manufactured at the Manga Steyr factory in Graz, Austria, was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It is Aston Martin's first four-door coupe since production of the Lagonda was stopped in 1989. This model is featured with attractive styling, bi-xenon headlights (with integrated LED sidelights and direction indicators), and clear LED taillights.
For its interior, the car is fitted with leather upholstery, walnut trim, and iridium silver accents. It also gets a rear center console, automatic climate control, individual seating for four, and organic electroluminescent (OEL) instrument displays. Because of its hatchback design, the Rapide has a 750-liter cargo capacity (301 liters with the rear seats up).
Powering the car is a 6.0-liter V12 engine with 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque.
This engine is mated to a six-speed Touchtronic 2 transmission that enables the car to go from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds) and get to a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h). The car is priced from £139,950 in the UK and from $199,950 in the United States.
The new Aston Martin Rapide four-door sports car, whose production version made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, truly embodies Aston Martin's values -- unparalleled performance, remarkably elegant design and high levels of craftsmanship.
This new expressive, powerful yet practical model represents another offering from Aston Martin aimed at targeting families and even performance enthusiasts.
True enough, the Rapide is functional, luxurious and spacious enough to comfortably seat four adults, while offering an engaging driving experience typical of an Aston Marin vehicle. Moreover, owners are treated to a 301-liter luggage compartment, which should be enough to contain the goods of all occupants.