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.

Continued after the jump.

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.

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  (276) posted on 07.22.2011

Well, I guess not only the Rapide but there are other sportscar that can endure difficult terrains. BTW, the mileage of the car is impressive. I wonder if they will build a successor of this model?

  (530) posted on 07.22.2011

Well, Rapide would be one of the best car in the Aston Martin model. The speed performance of the car is quite impressive and its a reliable car as well. And the car was design for all kind of runway.

  (394) posted on 07.8.2011

Well, if they can pull this one off, then why not. If you remember, we didn’t know if Audi would even be able to make it, but they did anyways. So let’s just wait for the result of it.

  (830) posted on 07.7.2011

Hmm, it seems that Aston Martin is really going head to head with Audi this time. If I am correct, the R8 was able to grab the record for the fastest car on ice when they went to Alaska.

  (397) posted on 07.6.2011

I bet, that this one would be pretty impressive. After all, not a lot of car manufacturers would actually be willing to put their cars in this kind of abuse, this will definitely test the Rapide’s capabilities.

  (594) posted on 07.6.2011

Well, I think that’s a good thing for Aston Martin to bring and test their V12 Rapide to the true circuit. This will literally bring the good and bad side of the car.

  (399) posted on 07.5.2011

Well, this one would definitely be interesting, as it would surely test out the capabilities of the Rapide. And we would definitely see here if the car is just another piece of expensive metal or is indeed a supercar.

  (599) posted on 07.5.2011

it seems that they are testing the reliability of this car by driving it in the wilderness of Alaska. I’m impressed with the distance it have reached, 1,230 miles is awesome! BTW, it this available already in the US market?

  (776) posted on 07.5.2011

Well, I’m very glad to see the Rapide hit the market once again. I want to see a higher figure performance compare to its last version. BTW, I think the look of the car looks so aggressive and sporty for this version.

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