Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2010 Aston Martin Rapide



It's been more than three years since the Rapide Concept made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but it appears the wait for this elegant sport sedan is almost over.

The production model does not appear to have lost much in the translation from the concept and the large sedan is instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin. The Rapide is fitted with seating for four as well as adequate trunk space for luggage.

The rear doors have been artfully integrated into the classic Aston Martin design, and according to the company, access to the rear seats is made easy via “'swan wing' doors - rising upwards and outwards as they swing open.”

Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The Rapide will be the most elegant four-door sports car in the world. It completes the Aston Martin range conveying our established attributes of Power, Beauty and Soul.”

The Rapide’s power comes from a 6.0-liter V12 engine that will be hand built at the company's engine facility in Cologne. Output is rated at 470 horsepower with 443 lb-ft of torque which should put the Rapide in position to compete directly with Porsche’s new Panamera.

Currently in its final stages of testing, the Rapide is expected to make its public debut this fall with first customer deliveries in early 2010.

source: msn autos