Looking even more striking than the concept version Aston Martin
originally presented at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006, the elegant Rapide Sedan
finally showed its production face in Frankfurt. Holding closely to the prototype model, the real Rapide lost its front-fascia side air intakes but gained an interesting side character line. While boasting nearly 10 inches of wheelbase compared to a DB9, the four-passenger Rapide still enjoys outstanding proportions and has retained its distinctive swing-out/swing-up "swan wing" doors. Under that expansive hood lies a revamped version of the DB9's 6.0-liter V12 that cranks out 470 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, all of which heads to the rear wheels through a new paddle-shifted ZF six-speed automatic transmission. Aston says that's sufficient muscle to send the 4,300-lb. Rapide sprinting from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and on to a terminal velocity of 188 mph. The first of these hand-crafted luxury sedans
will be delivered early in 2010 and pricing is expected to begin around the $200,000 range when they start arriving here shortly thereafter.