The all-new Aston Martin Rapide sports car has spied completely uncovered sitting in a parking lot. The car is scheduled to be introduced at the September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, these photos show a car that will be stiff competition with rival Porsche Panamera, that cost from $89,000 to $132,600.
The new Rapide will come with a 6.0-liter V12 generating 470 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque matching with a responsive Touchtronic gearbox. Performance records have not been released, but we assume the Rapide to situation records that are between the two Porsche Panamera V8 models, a 3.6 liter six cylinder generating 300 hp, a 400 horsepower 4.8 liter V8 engine, and a 500 hp turbocharged V8. Those cars go 0-60 mph in either 4 seconds or 4.8 seconds, depending on which engine is special.
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Photographer Simon Gregg told CAR Online: “This new addition from Aston Martin is most certainly going beat the Porsche Panamera in the style stakes! It has the same aggresive look of the Vanquish from the rear and even offers the appearance of being a two-door car, rather than a four-door when viewed from certain angles.”
Unfortunately, Gregg was not able to get movies of the interior. He did say that vehicle has four individual seats, thanks to the pinpoint console which splits the entire cubicle down the heart. “The facia and interior door panels impart the styling found in the flow DBS and V8 extend. Rear access is via a Vantage-chic rear formulate, which will make loading up very painless,” he said.
The Rapide that will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, will begin arriving at Aston Martin showrooms around the world in early 2010. As for prices don’t expect anything lower than $200k.