Aston Martin Rapide spy shots

You know already that the Rapide will go into production in 2009 and that it might be designed by Pininfarina. And now, here it is, caught at a gas pump.

The Rapide will be based on Aston Martin’s unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture (the same used for the 2008 DBS), it combines the company’s commitment to power, beauty and soul with space and practicality for every eventuality. It stands for stylistic excellence, market innovation and flexible manufacturing.

The Rapide will be derived from the DB9 platform and powered by the same engine from the DB9. The 5.9-liter V12 will deliver between 450 to 480 hp at 4000 rpm. Even if the Rapide will have the same power as the DB9, it will be slower than it. We have to consider that the Rapide is a sedan, so its top speed will be lower than the one for the coupe. We expect the Rapide to have a top speed of 180 mph and make the 0 to 60 mph in around 5 seconds. This will make it one of the fastest sedans in the world.

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