We've salivated over the concept for years, read up on all the official details, and even experienced the car through Marty Padgett's extensive first drive report, now we finally get a taste of what the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide is really like with this latest video of the car driving through the foothills of Valencia, Spain.
Whether it's the sleek profile and drop-dead gorgeous styling, the guttural bark of the V-12 engine or the sumptuous leather interior, the 2010 Aston Martin Rapid can entice almost anyone and after watching this video it's easy to understand why.
With the Rapide, Aston Martin's taking aim at a category that could draw the attention of owners of other luxury four-doors from Mercedes, BMW, or Audi--of course, the Porsche Panamera is also a prime target--but where its German rivals are executed with precision and refinement, the Rapide has the quintessential British charm Aston Martins the world over are famous for (even though this one is actually built by Magna Steyr in Austria).
Under the hood is a revised version of the DB9's 6.0-liter V-12. This is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission with Aston Martin’s new Touchtronic 2 control and paddle shifters. Final output rests at 470 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque so as not to step on the toes of the 510 horsepower DBS flagship.
First deliveries will commence in the following couple of months and will be available globally through Aston Martin’s 125 strong dealership network.