Aston’s Rapide Supercar has Arrived

Aston has just offered the production version of the 2010 Rapide, its four-door sports-luxury supercar; the company’s first in over 25 years.

Marek Reichman, Aston design director says that the Rapide is 98 percent different from the concept, shown at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show; the 2010 production version has more muscular lines and a cleaner front end.

The Rapide has the same frame, and rear-wheel drive train package as the DB9 and V8 Vantage coupes and convertibles, measuring just over five metres long. Suspension, steering, and brakes are also borrowed from the DB9, just modified for the longer and heavier Rapide. The rear seats fold for extra boot space.

The Aston supercar features a retuned version of the DB9’s 6.0-litre V12, with 490bhp to propel the Rapide’s extra weight. Expect 0-60 mph in the 5 second range and a top speed of around 180mph. Faster than the Quattroporte S and with luxury sedan handling.

The Rapide is expected to burn pockets, ranging up to £140,000 when it goes on sale next year. A bit pricey but cheaper than the DB9 and with passenger seats thrown in. Expect British-legacy leather-and-wood trim, plush carpeting, and hi-tech detailing for instruments and controls.

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