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Aston Martin Rapide – What was to be proved

Not just for James Bond and Miss Moneypenny: the Aston Martin Rapide, with its four doors it’s a real Porsche Panamera fright.

Aston Martin Rapide sexy girls

Aston Martin Rapide is sexy

Fast, beautiful and desirable – for four long years were to the fans of the Aston Martin Rapide to wait for the implementation of the Detroit study from 2006 onwards. Late March/early April, the time has come.

Aston Martin Rapide is finally here

The young class of four-door coupe has a new flagship: finally, an Aston Martin, with space for four – well, two plus two. For, unlike competitors such as Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes CLS and Porsche Panamera particularly drawn to the magnificent Aston Martin offers in the second row if necessary space for two grown women or narrow their own offspring.

Business partners, or even the parents will be expected of the narrow single seats in the second row at most a short trip to the nearest tennis court. Aston Martin chief Ulrich Bez: “We also offer rear sports seats. This is a completely different driving experience than on a bench.” Since that is entering and exiting on the climb.

The reason for the manageable space is the sexy shoulder and the clear-cut roof construct of the 5.02-meter-long Aston Martin Rapide. One did not know better – the Briton would be a normal sports coupe with a long wheelbase, flat roofline and two doors. It is sharper cut than all its competitors.

Aston Martin Rapide Specs

Although Aston Martin Rapide provides the first model since the polarizing Lagonda four doors and four seats, are other values in the foreground. Thus he not only looks beguilingly beautiful, but is borrowed from the DB9’s V12 engine also one of the fastest four-door car in the world. 350 kW/477 hp and 600 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm not only enable an acceleration from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in just over 5 seconds, and a top speed of 187 mph (300 km/h).

The average consumer be expected to contribute as much zest for action when no less than 17 liters per 100 kilometers (13.84 us mpg, 16.62 uk mpg), it seems hardly to bother. An eight-cylinder engine, possibly with a turbocharger, is, according to company president by Bez is not currently being planned: “We do not build cheap cars. For 1000 more cars a year, I am building a no-cylinder in the Rapide.” Also, the well-tuned six-speed automatic from ZF take over the work shift. The eight-stage version with start-stop function which stops right at the entrance competition, left out.

The Aston Martin Rapide is in contrast to Vantage, DB9 and DBS is no true-blue Briton. Because the production capacity at the main plant are missing Gaydon, was given to the construction of the shield to chassis specialist Magna notices to Graz, Austria. “We can build about 2,000 vehicles per year,” said product manager Kim Palmer, “this year we expect at least 1600 vehicles sold.

The idea for the construction of a four-door coupe is not new. “It seemed to me the first time in 1998 in mind” recalls Bez, Aston Martin has for twelve years at the helm, since 2005 the idea came up again. “You needed a vehicle to make your mouth watery future investors for Aston Martin, because Ford was planning to sell the British luxury brand.” We were in 2006, the first that has demonstrated such a vehicle,” said the Aston Martin chief at the premiere.

The result can not only see, but can also travel in particular. Aston Martin Rapide is afraid of a sports glider, whose suspension tuning has no comparison. Long lines, changing direction and mountain roads – the Rapide is also a pleasure-bringer. Who wants it harder, can sharpen a sports program and electronic dampers at any time.

The steering is precise, long-distance not too sharp and the brakes provide for the delay, which wants the ambitious pilot of his athletes. The Aston Martin Rapide had the makings of a true athlete – he did not bring 1980 kg of curb weight to the scales. Despite stiff aluminum carriage, 20-inch chassis and the sovereign can’t dub the complete rear-wheel drive this fact in the border area.

However, customers are likely to be surprised that usual classes equipment details were simply left out: how has the Aston Martin Rapide, despite a price of 180,000 Euros will not distance cruise control, lane departure warning overrunning or even obvious, such as a keyless entry or a power tailgate – not even a surcharge.

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide via | Aston Martin UK

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