• Apr 20, 2010
Competition-spec Aston Martin Rapide for the Nürburgring 24-Hour race – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aston Martin announced its intent to race a lightly modified Rapide at this year's Nürburgring 24-hour race, and what has to happen before that? Testing. Here is the black beauty with slicks and perspex windows caught measuring its mettle on that very track before doing the real thing in May.

The marque has taken class wins the last two years with its Vantage coupes, but it would still make for quite the hubbub if it pulls off the same in a 4-door hatch. All of a sudden, matte black as a production color really doesn't seem so bad. Have a look at it in the gallery of high-res photos below.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why the ugly wheels? Is there any reason not to use the stock wheels when testing a car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be sweet to see the Rapide go up against the Panamera @ the 'ring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man, they have to race that thing with an old British guy sitting in the back drinking tea the whole time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks fast. I hope Rapide win the race if it is in the racing. i do not know how many auto dealers for Aston Martin in US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I Wonder if they are testing a new motor to go against Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like matte black on some cars...but i think that car needs to be super shiny and slippery looking. its got flat hood pins too... cf hood?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm tellin' ya there's gonna be a DBS Rapide announcement forthcoming:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/06/aston-martin-to-field-near-stock-rapide-at-nurburgring-24/
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some reason this car doesn't look as good as I thought it would.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now Bond can take 3 hot chicks with him on car chases.