Ah, the sweet deluge of auto info has begun as more news of L.A. and Detroit debuts begin to leak. We told you last night about Aston Martin’s intention to debut the Rapide, a four-door version of the DB9 using the same car’s V/H architecture, in Detroit. The V/H platform architecture consists of a glued and riveted aluminum tub with a stiff backbone made of carbon fiber. It underpins all variations of the DB9 (Volante, DBR9 and DBRS9), the Vantage and now the Rapide, which has a 9.84-inch longer wheelbase than the DB9 and stretches nearly 16.5 feet from head to toe.

Top Gear, however, insists this is no Lagonda, but rather a true, modern Aston that gets an upgraded version of the DB9’s 6.0L V12 producing 480 bhp rather than 450 and carbon ceramic brakes to help haul down an extra 308 lbs. from speed. It’s a practical Aston with the heart of a LeMans runner, and it’s apparently coming to showrooms with a price around $250,000.

Tons more pics of the Rapide after the jump…

[Thanks Vincent!]