Another impressive unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show was Aston Martin’s newest four-seater called the Rapide. It’s Aston Martin’s first four-door sports car and according to Aston, it still “encapsulates core values of Power, Beauty and Soul.”
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All four doors open like swan wings and reveal front and rear bucket seats. There’s also plenty of room for luggage in the trunk to fit sports bags, even a set of skis according to Aston. The rear has been designed to be as engaging to the driving experience as the front with face-level heating and air-condition and clear line of sight.
Under the hood, the Rapide houses a 6.0 liter V12 pushing out 470hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. A specifically tuned six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission is standard, allowing the driver to change gear automatically or manually via the steering column-mounted paddles.
The Rapide has come a long way from its original concept in ’06 at the Detroit Auto Show. In a little over two years, the car is now a reality and will be added to the lineup with the DBS, DB9 and Vantage.