New pictures show the interior of Aston's new four-door
7 August 2009

This leaked image shows the clearest view yet of the interior of the Aston Rapide four-door.

The picture, which is likely to have come from a promotional brochure, gives a glimpse of the four individual bucket seats and leg room in the rear.

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The front seats house screens for the entertainment system and there are controls in the back.

There is also a foldable bulkhead in the boot to improve practicality, and it allows a set of skis to be carried in the car. Load capacity is reasonable; the Rapide should be slightly larger than the DB9.

This picture shows a two-tone leather interior to match the paintwork.

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.

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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 head room.

The Rapide will be heavier than a DB9, tipping the scales at around 1940kg, a 130kg increase in kerb weight. The extra power should compensate for this, giving it a 0-60mph time of around 4.5sec and top speed of more than 180mph.

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