Aston Martin Rapide spy shots

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.

Source: AutoExpress

Rapide will have the same look as the DB9 Coupe, but featuring a longer wheelbase and swooping roofline, it will make room for a second pair of doors.

Sporty styling cues include an upswept C-pillar, integrated rear spoiler and diffuser-style bumper, with neat details such as traditional Aston air vents in the front wings. Power will come from the brand’s 6.0-litre V12, which promises incredible performance. The saloon is likely to sprint from 0-60mph in less than six seconds.

It will be powered by a 5.9-liter V12 that will deliver between 450 to 480 hp at 4000 rpm. Top speed will be around 180 mph.

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