Aston Martin’s first four-door sports car, the Rapide, has been snapped exclusively by Autocar in our studio. The car has been unveiled in production form at the Frankfurt motor show having been first shown as a concept in 2006.
Fitted with a hand-built 6-litre V12 the Rapide’s 470 bhp peak power is delivered at 6000 rpm and 443 lb ft peak torque at 5000 rpm.
Aston sources have told Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show that the first models will be with customers by May 2010 and it is likely to cost £150,000. Continuing improvements are being made to the car, with 40mm extra headroom being added.
“Rapide is the culmination of the Aston Martin range of sports cars, a car that seals the revival of a truly admired marque. There is now an Aston Martin for every taste and for every use,” said chief executive, Dr Ulrich Bez.
“With Rapide, the entire family can enjoy their Aston Martin together in unison, in an invigorating yet comfortable environment, sitting low, with plenty of visibility from every seat and with new levels of comfort, refinement and entertainment.”
The Rapide has a 301 litre luggage compartment which allows all four passengers to carry soft bags and even sets of skis.
Tthe car will be available globally through Aston Martin’s 125 strong dealership network.