It seems that the Aston Martin Rapide has moved into the final stages (finally!) of its development programme and the officials say that the debut will be made in late 2009 and it will hit the showrooms in early 2009.
According to the official information, the new sedan will carry under the hood the 6.0-liter V12 engine, as we said in our previous report, capable to deliver 470 bhp and 600 Nm of torque.
This engine will be connected to the highly responsive Touchtronic gearbox.
It was during the 2006 Detroit Auto Show that the Aston Martin Rapide was first shown to the public as a concept car. However by the early 2007, Ford Motor Company decided to sell the Aston Martin brand. Fortunately, the new owners gave the go signal for the Aston Martin Rapide project sometime in the mid-2007.
Two years after the approval, the design and engineering team from Aston Martin managed to make a new Aston Martin Rapide from scratch using the 'V/H Architecture' platform. This is the same platform that has been used by many of the brand’s highly-praised models like the DB9, DBS and even the Vantage range.
Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez shared that the Rapide marks the return of the brand and is the culmination of its wide range of sports cars. With this model, it can be said that there is now an Aston Martin that can meet any preference or any use, he continued.
Through the Rapide, Dr. Bez added, the whole family can have fun together inside an Aston Martin. It offers refreshing and comfortable environment, sits low, and offers visibility wherever one is seated, he further said. It offers new levels when it comes to refinement, comfort, and entertainment.
The design team that made the Aston Martin Rapide was in-house and led by none other than Director of Design Marek Reichman. With regards to the project, Reichman shared that the rear part is shaped in a way that it expresses power and the low stance gives it a powerful look.
He compares it to a race horse that is standing still and proudly shows its elegance and power. The Aston Martin Rapide also gives out a sense of proportion similar to that of a tailored suit, he continued. The new double grill for example, he added, ensures that it exudes more presence especially when on the road.
The trademark signature side strake meanwhile has been extended up to the rear doors in order to subtly, yet elegantly, boost the lateral proportion. The purity of the Aston Martin Rapide makes it look right regardless of where it is looked at, Reichman further said.
Aston Martin Rapide opens a whole realm of possibilities for every Aston Martin enthusiast. It can travel long distances even at high speeds for example, but it contributes to a driver-focused environment while ensuring that the interior is not only refined but protects the passengers. With the Aston Martin Rapide, every travel immediately becomes a wonderful experience.