The Aston Martin Rapide is the English super car maker's entrant into the four door high luxury segment market. The Rapide features a unique passenger arrangement and a pair of rear doors. Originally introduced as a concept at the 2006 NAIS in Detroit, a further refined Rapide production concept debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show with road going versions released in early 2010. The Rapide is powered by Aston's 6.0 Liter V12 lifted directly from the DB9, and makes 470 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque just like the coupe, not to mention that it will take the $200,000 super sedan from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed estimated to be around 188 MPH.
After showing off the One-77 mockups , V12 Vantage , DBS Volante and Lagonda concept all in Geneva, Aston Martin had us forgetting about the Rapide . Maybe Aston hoped everyone was distracted long enough that it could take the sedan out to its Nurburgring test facilities for a little undisguised fun. Unfortunately from Aston, and fortunate for us, a spy photographer was there to catch the run around the ring.
Although its not great surprise, the Rapide carries more than a passing resemblance to the DB9 and DBS , which will also share a chassis with the sedan. The Rapide will also likely share the 6.0-liter V12 with its coupe siblings. It should have at least 450 hp when the car hits the streets in 2010.
AutoCar seems to have the jump on everyone, and has revealed today the first “official” images of the production version of the Aston Martin Rapide . The look of the car is a little toned down from the concept car , but still carries a lot of the spirit, and is definitely unmistakably Aston.
The super-sedan will use its DB9 sibling for much of its mechanics. The Rapide will use a stretched version of the DB9’s platform and also its utilize the 6.0-liter V12 making between 480 - 500 hp. AutoCar puts the price at £140,000 (about $200,000 at direct current rates), which if true, puts the Rapide between the DB9 and the DBS in Aston’s lineup.
We’re still eagerly awaiting the Aston Martin Rapide , but before we see a production car, many questions still have to be answered. Here are some (but nowhere near all) answers.
Production will begin next summer in Austria. The car will be made by the manufacturer Magna because Aston cannot currently does not have the capacity to build the sedan at its English home in Gayton. The car will keep its glass roof from the concept, but will possibly offer a long wheelbase version for more legroom (just like the BMW offering the Li on the 7-Series or Jaguar offering Vanden Plas for the XJ). We still expect the the car to borrow the 6.0-liter V12 from the DB9 , possibly upgraded to 500 hp.
What still remains a big mystery is the price. The range has could have the Rapide go for as little as the high $100,000 figures, or if rumors about Aston Martin going upmarket are true, the price could be as high as $400,000. We’re hoping that the decision to have Magna build the cars means the Rapide will have sufficient production numbers to keep the price (relatively) affordable.
It’s not a big surprise spy photographers caught the Aston Martin Rapide out testing almost uncovered. Aston should be about ready to release the car on the world at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and then have it in consumer hands by the end of the year.
Aston’s sedan should be powered by a 6.0-liter 500 hp V12. When we last heard news about the Rapide, CAR reported pricing between £130,000-£150,000 (about $193,000-$223,000 at direct current rates) when it arrives in about a year. This would be a welcomed price compared to the rumors that Aston Martin is trying to go upmarket and make the Rapide cost as much as $400,000.
Usually it’s the automotive press who makes the renderings of future cars, but this time Aston Martin made a rendering for the press. According to CAR Magazine, Aston dropped off an early Christmas gift and gave them its rendering of what the production Rapide will look like.
There isn’t much of a difference from the concept . Minor things have changed such as the three-piece lower grille is now solid, the door mirrors are bigger, and there is a more pronounced crease for the doorline.
Aston’s sedan should be powered by a 6.0-liter 500 hp V12. CAR is reporting that the Rapide should cost between £130,000-£150,000 (about $200,000-$230,000 at direct current rates) when it arrives in about a year. This would be a welcomed price compared to the rumors that Aston Martin is trying to go upmarket and make the Rapide cost as much as $400,000.
InsideLine caught the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide testing on the Nürburgring test track in Germany. The lack of a cover reveals an interesting new design twist — a roof that’s nearly all glass. There are a few pieces of equipment attached to this particular prototype, but it’s a relatively unobstructed design otherwise.
The 2010 Rapide will be powered by the same 5,935cc V12 as the DB9 that will deliver around 500 hp.
Is not a secret anymore that the Rapide Concept will go into production. Set to be unveiled in 2009 and to go on sale in 2010, the Rapide will be priced at nearer £150,000 (much, much more than everyone expected!) and will compete with models like Porsche Panamera and the Maserati Quattroporte.
The 2009 Rapide will be built on the the familiar VH platform and will be powered by the 6.0-litre V12 from the DBS. This means the output will be around 510 hp and the peak torque at 420 lbs-ft.
The Rapide will stretch the tape measure to around five metres long, making it 30cm longer than the DB9, whose VH aluminium architecture it shares. Aston is targeting buyers who need practicality and is promising a lift-up tailgate to swallow luggage, fold-down rear seats to extend the boot and ’swan-lift’ doors on all four apertures that glide upwards and out, easing access.
The panoramic roof (caught for the first time in a spy shot) is impressively big - stretching all the way from the windscreen header rail to the tailgate and bathes the cabin in daylight.
Aston Martin announced that the company that will build the Rapide will be Magna Steyr. This way the Rapide four-door luxury sedan will go into production in late 2009 at a dedicated facility in Graz in Austria. The company wants to build around 2000 units a year.
The decision to outsource production of this incremental model has been taken because Aston Martin is currently enjoying unprecedented levels of success from an increasing number of markets around the world. Demand for its current models – the DB9, the V8 Vantage and the recently launched DBS - means that their award-winning headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire, is fast approaching full capacity of 8000 cars.
The Aston Martin Rapide was launched as a concept at the Detroit Motor Show in 2006 and since that time the company has been investigating the best business solution for building the car. Since the commitment from the new shareholders in May 2007, that the Rapide would go into production Aston Martin has investigated several companies, each with outstanding experience and reputation for handling such projects and high-performance models, and concluded that Magna Steyr was the best partner to do this.
Set to go on sale next year, the production version Rapide will look to the original concept version, which made its debut at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show. As previously reported the 2009 Rapide will be designed by Pininfarina and will be serious competition for the 2009 Porsche Panamera.