The Aston Martin V12 Rapide isn’t exactly the type of car that you’d bring out on a date with Mother Nature. Sure, it can get dirty once in a while, but for the most part, it belongs in the metropolis with paved concrete streets as its jungle.
So imagine our surprise when we found out that the British luxury sports saloon is being prepared for an expedition unlike anything it has ever done in the past, James Bond movies included.
Aston Martin is preparing the V12 Rapide for a three-day excursion into the heart of the harsh Alaskan wilderness as a way of slamming home the point that the Rapide is more than just stunning good looks and powerhouse powertrain; it can also survive the test of endurance and durability amidst some pretty serious conditions surrounding it.
The entire trip will take the V12 Rapide across 1,230 miles in Alaska, beginning in Anchorage all the way to the town of Fairbanks through the Prudhoe Bay all the way up to the town of Deadhorse just a stone’s throw away from the Arctic Ocean.
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As the name suggests, Deadhorse isn’t exactly brimming with overpopulation, mostly because it has roads that are considered one of America’s most isolated stretches, including the Antiguan Pass, the stretch that crosses the Continental Divide and rises up to 4,739 feet.
Throughout the vast expanse of wildlife, barren horizons, and difficult terrains, Aston Martin, with journalist Patrick Paternie leading the way, is well on its way to proving that the V12 Rapide is far more than just aesthetics; it’s also a lot tougher than people make it out to be.