Aston Martin promises that the Rapide is “the world’s most elegant four-door sports car.” The elegant Rapide, functional yet luxurious, provides space for up to four adults combined with an engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martins.
First seen at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show in concept form, the production Rapide is nearly identical to the original show car however there are a few subtle differences. The production model loses the tiny side air intakes on the front bumper, while the sides pick up a new shunt line that runs almost the entire length of the body.
The signature elements of Aston Martin’s design language translate well to the four-door format, with key features such as the ‘swan wing’ doors–rising upwards and outwards as they swing open–being applied to both the front and rear apertures. Up back the car features LED tail lights, dual exhaust tips and a boat-tail style rear decklid spoiler.
Under the hood is a revised version of the DB9’s 6.0-liter V-12. This is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission with Aston Martin’s new Touchtronic control with paddle shifters. Final output will rests at 470 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque so as not to step on the toes of the 510 horsepower DBS flagship.
First deliveries of the Rapide will commence early in 2010 and will be available globally through Aston Martin’s 125 strong dealership network. Pricing will be confirmed following its debut in Frankfurt–expect it to slot somewhere between the DB9 and DBS at around $200,000.