Aston Martin Rapide Profile

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Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide in Frankfurt

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Aston Martin Rapide

History

When the Aston Martin Rapide made its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, it became the first production four-door Aston Martin. All four doors open in the company’s trademark swan-wing style, which means they lift slightly up for easy access and to clear the curb, as opposed to opening dramatically up like a Lamborghini Murcielago or Mercedes SLS AMG gullwing.

The Rapide seats four adults in comfort and luxury, with a trunk big enough for their stuff — including, according to Aston, skis, if you can believe it. All this rear space is possible because the engine is front mid-mounted, between front axle and passenger compartment, as opposed to the rear engines of other four-door sports cars like the Porsche Panamera.

The Rapide, like many of the other exotic four-doors and SUV s that have popped up lately, aren’t really aimed at an American market of family haulers. This car, and others like it, are poised to take over Asian markets, where European luxury is lacking and the ability to be driven to work while working yourself in the spacious back seat means not losing precious hours to the morning commute every day. A car like the Rapide would allow for meetings on the go without sacrificing prestige.

Aston Martin Rapide

Engine

The Aston Martin Rapide engine is the same 6-liter V12 found in the Aston Martin DB9 coupe and Volante models. In the Rapide, as in the DB9, the hand-built engine puts out 477 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic with paddle shifters that’s optional in the DBS is standard equipment for the Rapide, and it moves the car from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Top speed for the four-door sports sedan is a quite respectable 190 mph. The car is the first Aston Martin to be designed after being spun out of Ford Motor Company’s orbit in 2007, and is the first to be built at the Aston facility in Austria.

Design

The Rapide carries the design DNA of its sister cars, from the iconic dented-corner grille shape to the muscular haunches. To accomodate four passengers and their stuff, the shape had to be stretched a bit, but Aston designers managed to keep the same balance and proportion as other modern Astons. Mostly. The Rapide sits low, as most super cars do, and it sits on top of monster 20-inch wheels, which gives it a tougher look than your average four-door sedan.

Actually, to put a fine point on it, Aston still calls this car a coupe, presumably because it doesn’t have the huge greenhouse of a proper sedan.

Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide

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