Dr. Ulrich Bez, the chief executive of Aston Martin, is set to put his Rapide on sale at the annual Bonhams auction this year at the Newport Pagnell. Proceeds of the event will be donated to charities, which are providing aid to those who were devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Bonhams, as a way of supporting the initiative, has waived its commission on this item. Dr Bez stated that the company’s presence in the Japanese market and its closer ties with the Japanese automotive business has created “many friends in the region” and the company wants “to do something to help.”
He also said that like everyone else, Aston Martin has been saddened by what Japan has experienced. According to Dr. Bez, the auction “seems the perfect platform” for the extended Aston Martin family to support the cause; thus, the company has decided to auction Rapide, which Dr. Bez has used while representing the company at various events in Europe and in the UK.
Mr. Bez said that he is hopeful that the vehicle will generate a substantial amount “to help make a difference.” The Aston Martin Rapide, since its launch in production stage at the September 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, has been acclaimed as the most elegant four-door sports vehicle in the world. This practical but luxurious vehicle, which accommodates four adults, provides an engaging driving experience that all Aston Martin cars offer.
Aston Martin Rapide is certainly one of the much-anticipated cars for 2009. Now, the long wait for the marque's first production four-door sports car is over, as Aston Martin finally took the wraps off the elegantly spacious yet very engaging Rapide at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, Aston Martin Rapide is a perfect embodiment of the marque’s triple core values -- Power, Beauty and Soul.
Power is more than amply provided for by a very dynamic hand-built 6.0-liter V12 engine that has the capability to provide up to 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) of max output at 6,000 rpm as well as up to 600 Nm (443 lb. ft.) of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. This power and torque effortlessly provided by the Rapide’s superior powerplant are transmitted to the wheels through a specifically tuned six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic gearbox.
This transmission allows for gear changing either automatically or manually through the magnesium paddles mounted on the steering column. As soon as the driver and passenger enter the new Rapide through its four 'swan wing' doors, they will be conveniently and comfortably accommodated by a spacious cabin with four cosseting sports seats in the front and rear. Ample accommodation is not only given to the occupants but also to their cargo or baggage as well – offering up to 301 liters of luggage room.
The rear seats of the new Aston Martin Rapide could be folded flat at just the press of a button to pave way for a flat loading space, thereby increasing the capacity of the luggage compartment from 301 liters to 750 liters. Moreover, the luggage compartment could now be accessed for the rear passenger cabin by fitting a movable bulkhead.
Aston Martin took great effort in making sure that the posterior part of the cabin provides ample and comfortable space with clear views both to the front and sides. Aston Martin specified the Rapide with two hand-trimmed individual seats as well as a personal face-level heating and air conditioning system.