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2020 Aston Martin Rapide E

2020 Aston Martin Rapide E

The company’s first production EV; limited to only 155 units

The Aston Martin Rapide E is an all-electric version of the British company’s four-door sedan. Previewed by a concept called the Rapide E in 2016, the production model made its debut three years later at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The Rapide E ditches the familiar 6.0-liter V-12 engine in favor of a battery pack and a pair of electric motors, but it generates notably more power than its gasoline sibling. The Rapide E is also the company’s first electric vehicle.

Finally ready for production after several years of development, the Rapide E brings together the craftsmanship and exclusivity of the Rapide nameplate with zero-emission performance thanks to Aston Martin’s collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. The latter provides battery systems for Formula E cars, so it has extensive know-how of high-performance electric drivetrains. Although production of the Rapide E is limited to less than 200 vehicles, it introduces the brand to the all-electric market before Lagonda will take over as a zero-emission luxury brand.

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2019 Aston Martin Rapide AMR

2019 Aston Martin Rapide AMR

Ready to hit the track!

Introduced in 2010, the Aston Martin Rapide isn’t exactly fresh. Despite this, the British are in no hurry to replace the sedan, as no prototypes were spotted on public roads. However, Aston Martin just gave the Rapide the AMR treatment, thus creating its most extreme four-door sedan.

Previewed by a concept car displayed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Rapide AMR made it into production with very few changes. Aston Martin describes it as a vehicle that’s "capable of comfortably transporting a team of race drivers to a circuit on the other side of a continent and then tackling the track when they get there," and needless to say, the sedan looks pretty cool in the AMR suit. As usual, the sedan also gained extra horsepower and will be built in limited numbers. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2016 Aston Martin Letv Rapide S Concept

2016 Aston Martin Letv Rapide S Concept

At this point it’s clear that automotive electronics are destined to enter the same rapid-cycle evolutionary process as computers and smartphones. To help stay at the front of the wave, Aston Martin has teamed up with Chinese entertainment technology company Letv to visualize ways to keep its bespoke products connected.

For a number of reasons, Aston Martin has lagged a bit behind its competitors in terms of infotainment integration and ergonomics. The partnership with Letv intends to address this issue, and the companies unveiled the Aston Martin Autolink Rapide S Concept at CES in Las Vegas to show the direction this might take. This updated Rapide S follows the template of auto-electric pioneer Tesla in replacing the center stack and the traditional instrument panel with electronic panels. The Autolink Rapide S Concept also features the Autolink system, introduced in November 2015 as Letv’s platform for automotive internet applications. The company calls it an “Internet brain.” Remote vehicle monitoring and cloud access are possible through an in-car wi-fi system.

Though no plans for production have been announced, Letv’s partnership with Aston Martin is likely to yield benefits to customers. The bespoke nature of Aston’s products offers many opportunities for a car like the Autolink Rapide S Concept to become a reality.

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2016 Aston Martin RapidE Concept

2016 Aston Martin RapidE Concept

Rumors about Aston Martin planning to develop an all-electric sedan based on the Rapide S have been around the Interwebz for a few months now, but the Brits have yet to confirm that a production model is indeed underway. That changed today, when Aston Martin showcased the RapidE concept in London.

The electric sedan was unveiled outside Lancaster House, the venue for a meeting between Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and President of The People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. Though it may seem awkward, the unveiling was carefully planned, as the RapidE project is financially back by ChinaEquity, an investor in Invest Industrial — one of Aston Martin’s owners. The Shanghai-based company is believed to be pouring up to £50 million in the RapidE, which will be aimed primarily at the Chinese market.

“We see luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of our future product portfolio and welcome ChinaEquity into the next phase of study for the project development, said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer. “The exciting RapidE concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars.”

During the Lancaster House event, Aston Martin and ChinaEquity announced an agreement to explore the development of a production version of the RapidE concept, which could arrive in dealerships sometime in 2017.

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2016 Aston Martin Milano Rapide S Dom Perignon Deuxieme Plenitude

2016 Aston Martin Milano Rapide S Dom Perignon Deuxieme Plenitude

The 2014-2015 Aston Martin Rapide S is something of an in-between super-luxury car. Aston’s four-door sports car competes with cars like the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte in terms of performance, but there’s also a high-luxury aspect that doesn’t come up as frequently. Aston Martin would like the Rapide to be seen as a slicker competitor to the Bentley Flying Spur as well. The "Q by Aston Martin" personalization service isn’t just a winking reminder of the marque’s long history with James Bond; it’s also an effort to compete with the bespoke divisions of its competitors.

To help showcase this service, Aston Martin has dressed up its aging executive sedan with limited-edition bespoke models like the Dom Perignon Deuxieme Plenitude. This Rapide S has been built in conjunction with Dom Perignon, and its trunk-mounted champagne storage unit will ultimately be offered to customers looking for a unique option. For some customers, it could be the perfect blend: a hand-crafted luxury sedan and the finest bubbly ready upon arrival. But is it enough to set the Rapide S apart from the high-performance luxury crowd?

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin Milano Rapide S Dom Perignon Deuxieme Plenitude.

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2015 Aston Martin Rapide S GREAT Edition

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S GREAT Edition

The Aston Martin Rapide made its debut in the 2011 model year in the U.S., giving the automaker a new four-seat performance sedan for buyers who needed extra room but still craved a sports car. In the 2014 model year, the British automaker released the more powerful Rapide S model, and in the following year it received a slight power boost and a new Touchtonic III transmission. For the new model year, Aston Martin has released a new GREAT Edition Rapide S as a part of the GREAT Britain international marketing campaign.

This customized 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S is the product of the careful craftsmen at Q by Aston Martin, and it displays a lightly updated exterior and a fully customized cabin. It remains uncertain if this will spawn a production model, but it is a great example of just how gorgeous the Rapide S is.

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2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

2014 - 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin began making a name for itself in the four-door, luxury sedan market as early as 1961, when the Lagonda Rapide was launched. Its successor — the iconic Lagonda — came 15 years later and survived until 1990 as one of the most expensive saloons in the world. It took Aston Martin nearly 20 years to develop a spiritual successor to the Lagonda, which was introduced in 2010 under the Rapide nameplate. Initially powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 470 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, the Rapide became the Rapide S in 2013, when a engine tuning, which was part of a facelift, increased output to 550 ponies and 457 pound-feet. Drivetrain enhancements also brought significant improvements in the performance and emissions department, further increasing the Rapide’s appeal. Although the sedan remained largely unchanged for the 2014 model year, a 2015 update brought important under-the-skin modifications and new color options inside and out.

Minor power gains and an all-new transmission account for a significant increase in performance, as both acceleration and top speed figures have been largely improved.

Update 8/6/2014: Aston Martin released information regarding the updated 2015 Rapide S. It has no real design changes of note, but it does see a massive upgrade in performance.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S and the changes introduced for the 2015 model year.

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2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S

2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S

Aston Martin has revealed today the first details on a Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S that will be raced at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring next month.

The model will be based on the standard four-door sedan and will become the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race-pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

The model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine and can be run on pure gasoline, pure gaseous hydrogen or a combination of the two. In pure hydrogen mode, Aston Martin will race the Nordschleife while emitting just water.

The new Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S features a special Hybrid Hydrogen system that includes a hydrogen fuel rail, storage tanks and proprietary engine management system. The system includes four ultra-high-strength carbon-fiber tanks that can hold 7.7 pounds of hydrogen stored at a 350-bar pressure.

Its official race debut will be made in the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours race on May 19th and 20th where it will have to take on more than 150 other cars.

Update 5/16/2013: Aston Martin has revealed the official images of the new Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S in its full blue-and-white racing livery and with its carbon-fiber dash.

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2012 Aston Martin Rapide by Kahn Design

2012 Aston Martin Rapide by Kahn Design

The Aston Martin Rapide is regarded as the British automaker’s first venture into the four-door, luxury car segment. That being said, it’s not all that surprising that it’s become quite an attractive car for aftermarket companies, including British tuner Kahn Design.

Even if the Rapide is already considered one of the finest sports sedans in the world, the fact that you can fork over $200,000 for one means that you probably have enough loose change to get it fixed up even more. Kahn Design has you covered in that regard, thanks to a new program that gives the Rapide an edgier look all while retaining it’s classic and elegant profile. The British tuner added a slew of new components in the car, including mesh elements to the front bumper, aluminum billet bonnet vents, black brake calipers, a new sports exhaust system, a lowered suspension, and a new set of 21" RSX wheels that have been finished in a bright silver shade. Inside, Kahn Design has prepared a luxe of new digs, too, particularly a new Alcantara sports steering wheel, soft English leather, and bare-metal switches.

For a car that looks the way it does and boasts of a 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of peak torque at 5000 rpm, there are a few things that the Aston Martin Rapide needs to be even more impressive than it is. But Kahn Design rolls in a different way. Knowing them the way we do, anything they work on has "improvements" written all over them.

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2010 - 2012 Aston Martin Rapide

2010 - 2012 Aston Martin Rapide

After more than 3 years of speculation, the English coach builder Aston Martin unveiled the Rapide - their first four door sedan in the super car maker’s lineup.

The Rapide’s engine is the venerable 6.0 Liter V12 lifted directly from the Aston Martin DB9, and makes the exact same 470 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque as the coupe. The fat four door goes from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 188 MPH.

The Rapide’s power plant is mated to a six speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission, which offers the ease of a traditional automatic via the push buttons mounted on the dash or a much sportier manual transmission mode with the wheel mounted paddle shifters.

According to the automaker: "There is a real sense of proportion with this car, akin to a tailored suit; the new double grill gives more presence on the road while the iconic signature side strake has been lengthened through to the rear doors to enhance its lateral proportions in a subtle, yet elegant way. The car’s purity makes it look right from every angle."

Updated 01/14/2011: Aston Martin will be launching a series of innovative new films designed to showcase the marque’s four-door Rapide. Part One is now ready for your viewing enjoyment!

Updated 01/20/2011: Aston Martin has released today the second part of their new promotional series of films featuring the Rapide sedan. The new video is called "True Power Should Be Shared" and its even more impressive than the first part, so enjoy!

Updated 01/27/2011: The third - and a little Bond-esque - episode of the new Rapide promotional film has been revealed by the company. Its message: "Time is precious. Share it wisely in the new four door Rapide." Yes, Aston, we believe everyone should get a turn in the Rapide. Why not send us one and we’ll give it a go? Check out the video to see what we mean.

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2010 Aston Martin Rapide Nurburgring Edition

2010 Aston Martin Rapide Nurburgring Edition

Aston Martin will return to the legendary Nurburgring 24-hour race on May 15th-16th, 2010 with a racing version of their latest sedan. The Rapide will compete in near-standard specification apart from mandatory changes required to compete in this most demanding of endurance races and will be driven by a team of engineers from the company’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England.

"The Rapide has the capability to carry four people in comfort but first and foremost it is a sports car and we will subject it to the same tests we would our other sports cars. We already have a proven track record at the Nürburgring racing our road cars with limited modification and in recent years we have enjoyed success in winning the SP8 class both in 2008 and 2009."

According to the boys from Aston, the race spec version of the Rapide wouldn’t be too far off of the production version with the only noticeable difference between the two would be the addition of race safety modifications and the elimination of all the interior trims and features found in the production version in an effort to reduce the car’s overall weight.

Aston Martin top dog Ulrich Bez stressed the importance of sticking the Rapide in an environment where it can measure itself against other sports cars from competing brands. “This race represents the ultimate final engineering durability test for any sports car – it subjects the car to the toughest possible assessment under public scrutiny,” he said.

UPDATE 12/15/10: Our friends over at Autocar have released a short three-minute video of the Rapide Nurburgring Edition. Affectionaly called ’Katie’ by Aston Martin, the Rapide racer was given a brief review by James Corstorphone where he compares Katie the Rapide Racer to a standard Aston Martin road car. Check out the video of the review after the jump.

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2010 Aston Martin Rapide Luxe

2010 Aston Martin Rapide Luxe

Let’s face it, when you say Aston Martin Rapide, you think of a high-end luxury sedan. However, it seems not everyone thinks of it that way. Wait, what? That’s right, Aston Martin themselves have designed an even more luxurious sedan than the Rapide. It’s called the Rapide Luxe and it was just unveiled by Aston Martin UK.

The Rapide Luxe provides a combination of highly desirable functional features, a greater choice of paint and leather finishes as standard, and unique features including bespoke accessories.

This new edition will be offered with 20” 20-spoke alloy road wheels with a polished finish, full grain leather interior with a choice of colors from the Fast Track or Contemporary ranges, and a luxury entertainment set for rear passengers. This entertainment set includes a 6-disc DVD player, auxiliary input, wireless headphones, and a remote control. Oh, and, of course, unique Rapide Luxe sill plaques.

However, what is so special about the Aston Martin Rapide Luxe is that it comes with a bespoke 6 Piece luggage set (in any of the Fast Track or Contemporary leather colors) that can be ordered in the same leather as the entire interior.

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2010 Aston Martin Rapide by Cargraphic

2010 Aston Martin Rapide by Cargraphic

After three years of waiting for the Aston Martin Rapide’s arrival, most of us were pretty impressed with the car’s sleek, proportioned look. The English coach builder put a lot of thought into the lines and dimensions of the car that would make everyone forget about the 4-door Lagonda that was the saloon for Aston Martin during the mid-seventies to late-eighties. Of course, not everyone could appreciate the new 4 door just as it was and that is why Cargraphic has merely whispered a few changes into the Rapide to tweak its near-perfect status.

Cargraphic began the Rapide’s minimalistic transformation with a tail diffuser, wing mirror caps, and a spoiler at the front apron. Then they added a remote-controlled, high-grade, steel flap exhaust with a polished shield. Exhaust counterpressure is lowered by adding a 200 cell catalyst. This system enables the Rapide to produce a few more horsepower, although we assume, since the number is not mentioned, that it is by an insignificant amount.

Finally, Cargraphic replaced the current tire setup with their very own 21 inch light alloy rims surrounded by 255/35R21 tires in the front and 295/30R21 tires in the back. Additional rim designs are available in 20 and 22 inch options with the GT, I-10, and SPORT.

The modest changes in the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide aren’t something to go crazy about, but if one was looking for a Rapide that promotes a tad more style and function then this would be the way to go.

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2010 Aston Martin Rapide - another official rendering

2010 Aston Martin Rapide - another official rendering

Last month we saw an official rendering of the Aston Martin Rapide, and now Aston is back in the rendering game to reveal the back half of the Porsche Panamera and Lamborghini Estoque.

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.

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2009 Aston Martin Rapide

2009 Aston Martin Rapide

After Prodrive got in charge over the Aston Martin company they have announced big plans for the future. One of them is to put into production the Rapide Concept that was unveiled in 2006 at the North American International Auto Show. The Rapide will go into production in 2009 and will compete with the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Maserati Quattroporte.

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2006 Aston-Martin Rapide

2006 Aston-Martin Rapide

The Aston Martin Rapide concept is a four-door, high performance coupé of remarkable grace and poise. Based on Aston Martin’s unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture, the Rapide combines the company’s commitment to power, beauty and soul with space and practicality for every eventuality.

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