• Jan 30, 2009

Click above to see gallery of "official" Aston Martin Rapide renderings

Autocar
has what it says are official renderings of the new Aston Martin Rapide. If Autocar has it right, however, the Rapide's front and rear aspects are closest to the Vantage V8, not the DBS or DB9. The front air dam features just one lower intake, the trunk valance is flush with the car, and the tailpipes flank the rear diffuser area. Those are all Vantage cues.

The 5-meter long car will get the firm's 6.0-liter V12, but slot exactly in between the DB9 and DBS in output with 480 hp. Autocar suggests this will get the car to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, but that could be optimistic – those 30 additional horses over the DB9 have to pull 286 more pounds, which will make it a challenge to outrun the middle sibling.

Not that it's really meant to. The Rapide is Aston luxury for four, so it is taller than the DBS in order to provide more rear headroom for the "young adults" that can fit back there. The rear doors open wider than the front for ease of entry and the front seats have been raised to make room for the feet of back seat passengers. It even has a wagon-like folding rear bulkhead and parcel shelf. The Rapide will be appearing in Autumn when, with all hope, a better buying climate awaits it.

UPDATE: First four official renderings of the production Rapide courtesy of Aston Martin added to gallery.


[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      At least the fact that it has four doors makes this Aston Martin distinguishable from the rest - I don't know how anyone tells any of the others apart. Even the Jaguar XK looks very similar. Of course the common link there is Ian Callum, a man who designed one car in his life and keeps unveiling it under different badges. And there are scores of other lesser known British cars that are almost identical. I wonder where they got their inspiration from?
      • 5 Years Ago

      Flashpoint just can't resist mentioning his S-Class on Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The DB9 is my favorite car (period), but the line going through the front AND rear door is way too long. I'd rather the Lambo concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It doesn't get my blood pumping anymore. I'm starting to fall in love with the Estoque.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OH YES. The Quattroporte is in a whole 'nother league. That is the car I would buy if I had 150K
        • 5 Years Ago
        quattroporte still has my vote
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2009 DB9 actually got a an increase in horsepower to 470, so the Rapide most definitely could achieve the 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the back seats are designed for "young adults". Sounds to me like the headroom's poor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes, BMW, or Lexus needs to buy them so that they can be better run.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I said that they need to get bought, I meant that they would have better reliability and initial quality if they were run by the Germans or the Japanese. There would be cost savings and the company would not have to worry as much about the business side. They produce great looking cars and they perform pretty well, but just like Audi improved on Lamborghini, a major automaker that isn't American would probably improve Aston Martin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is true, yaroukh, but really it is Ulrich Bez who has made the company what it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nik, I don't think you could be anymore wrong in what you said. Dr. Ulrich Bez is doing a fantastic job as the CEO of Aston Martin. Look at the company's huge growth and success since his taking of the position in the year 2000. It is pretty much all thanks to him that the company is the way it is now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @wienekec: Man, did you notice AM made his huge progress under FoMoCo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perddy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Either way, credit where credit is due, it seems Aston Martin can't draw a bad design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha Colin, seem's like you're spot on mate.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the coupelike rear (although it doesn't look practical), as it simply looks beautiful. However, that schnoz is rather ungainly; I like the concept front much more than this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche is lucky to be a level lower than this beauty.
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