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Aston Martin Rapide


Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide interior

Aston Martin Rapide interior

Aston Martin Rapide production

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide concept

Year (of specifications) 2009
Engine 6.0 litre V12
Transmission -
Max speed 180 mph
0-60 5 seconds
Horsepower 480 bhp
weight -








The Aston Martin Rapide concept was first displayed in prototype form at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show. The production version was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and despite a few minor changes, the overall design of the production model has for the most part replicated the appearance of the original concept.

Unlike previous four-door Aston Martins which have widely been regarded as failures, the Rapide appears to have a bright future. Not only has its styling been almost unanimously praised by both the automotive press and public alike, but the four-door luxury sports coupe segment into which it is entering is one which has been noticeably lacking in good looking cars. Take the Porsche Panamera for example. About it's only competition in terms of style is the Maserati Quattroporte.

Powering the Aston Martin Rapide is a 6.0 litre V12 mounted in a front-mid position. The engine produces 470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm, and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Transmitting the power to the rear wheels is a 'Touchtronic 2' six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system. Top speed of the Aston Martin Rapide is an estimated 188 mph, while the 0-60 mph sprint takes just 5.1 seconds.

As expected for a vehicle in the luxury four-door coupe market the interior of the Rapide is trimmed in luxurious materials and stuffed with the latest technology. Even the entry is special thanks to the unique 'swan wing' doors which swing slightly upward when opening.

The Rapide's two rear seats have been positioned to create a space where passengers feel a part of the driving experience with clear views to the front and sides. Comfort and support is supplied in the form of two hand trimmed individual seats and a personal face-level heating and air conditioning system. Aiding the practicalities of everyday use, the luggage compartment features a movable bulkhead to permit access from the rear cabin while the rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button to create a flat loading space increasing the luggage compartment from 301 litres to 750 litres.

Chief Executive of Aston Martin, Dr. Ulrich Bez said of the car: "With Rapide, the entire family can enjoy their Aston Martin together in unison, in an invigorating yet comfortable environment, sitting low, with plenty of visibility from every seat and with new levels of comfort, refinement and entertainment."


Interior equipment and materials:

- Full grain leather interior
- Walnut facia trim
- Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
- Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror
- Electrically operated front seats
- Memory front seats and exterior mirrors
- Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
- Front occupant side airbags
- Head protection airbags occupants
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated rear screen
- Automatic front and rear temperature control
- Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
- LED map lamps and ambient lighting
- Trip computer
- Cruise control
- Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation
- Bluetooth telephone preparation1
- Satellite radio system (USA only)
- Powerfold exterior mirrors
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Tyre pressure monitoring1
- Alarm and immobiliser
- Remote-control central locking and boot release
- Battery conditioner
- Tracking device (UK only)
- Boot mounted umbrella


Similar and related vehicles:
  2004 - Maserati Quattroporte
  2008 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S
  2010 Porsche Panamera








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