This is the first interior photo of the Aston Martin Rapide super-saloon.
It was snapped by a spy photographer during testing at the Nurburgring last week, and is similar in style to the DB9's layout. A sequence of new exterior shots can also be viewed by clicking on our gallery section here
Aston Martin is set to begin production of the Rapide, a rival for the upcoming Porsche Panamera, later this year. It hopes to sell around 2000 units a year, with customer deliveries beginning in early 2010.
Based on a long-wheelbase DB9 chassis and powered by a 480bhp, 6.0-litre V12, the £140k Aston Martin Rapide should slot between the DB9 and DBS in the company’s range. It will have a six-speed ZF auto with Aston’s Touchtronic control.
Aston’s engineers have stretched the DB9’s wheelbase by 255mm, making the car five metres long, the benchmark for luxury saloons like the Mercedes S-class.
Despite the swooping roofline, the Aston Rapide is 63mm higher than a DB9, an increase that ensures the styling retains its balance, yet also offers practical rear headroom.