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Tony O'Kane | Nov 3, 2009

ASTON MARTIN has released a new gallery of images and further technical details for its upcoming Rapide four-door sedan.

Strictly a four-seater, the Rapide features two individual seats in the rear separated by a wide centre console that extends from the front to the rear of the cabin.

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Based on a stretched version of the DB9's aluminium platform, the Rapide is Aston Martin's first four-door sports sedan.

Aston Martin's familiar 350kW 6.0 litre V12 lies beneath the Rapide's alloy bonnet, paired with a six-speed ZF-sourced Touchtronic auto.

Weighing close to 2000kg (4300lbs) the Rapide manages the 0-100km/h sprint in under 5.0 seconds and a top speed of around 288km/h (180mph).

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Despite the addition of two real rear seats, clever design means the Rapide is only 63.5mm (2.5inch) taller and 254mm (10inch) longer than the DB9.

Ventilation controls, cupholders and an interface system for the two seatback-mounted LCD screens are mounted in the rear centre console.

Although the rear doors are small, rear legroom is much more generous than that offered by the DB9.

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The production version of the Rapide debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with global deliveries scheduled to begin early next year.

Australians can expect to see the first Rapides on our roads by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

“We’ll be handing over customer cars around the back end of March next year,” Aston Martin spokesman Marcel Fabris told TMR.

“At this stage the most that we’re prepared to say is that the Rapide will sit between the DB9 and DBS in pricing, so that will see it in the low to mid $400,000’s.”

 

Technical Details

Body
  • Four door body style with 4 individual seats
  • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure
  • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body
  • Extruded aluminium door side impact beams
  • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
  • LED rear lamps and side repeaters
Engine
  • All alloy quad overhead cam 48 valve 5935cc V12
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
  • Compression ratio 10.9:1
  • Max Power 350 kW (470 bhp / 477 PS) at 6000 rpm
  • Max Torque 600 Nm (443 lb ft) at 5000 rpm
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds; 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.3 seconds (predicted)
  • Max Speed 188 mph (303 km/h) (predicted)
Transmission
  • Rear mid-mounted 'Touchtronic 2' six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
  • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited slip differential
  • Final Drive Ratio 3.46:1
Steering
  • Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment
Wheels & Tyres
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Front Bridgestone Potenza 245/40 R20
  • Rear Bridgestone Potenza 295/35 R20
Suspension
  • Front Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Rear Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Adaptive Damping System (ADS)
Brakes
  • Front Dual cast brake discs 390mm diameter with six piston calipers
  • Rear Dual cast brake discs 360mm diameter with four piston calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Electronic Park Brake (EPB)
Dimensions
  • Length 5019 mm (197.6 inch)
  • Width (including mirrors) 2140 mm (84.3 inch)
  • Height 1360 mm (53.5 inch)
  • Fuel Capacity 90.5 litres
  • Kerb Weight 1950 kg (target) (4299 lb)
Interior
  • Full grain leather interior
  • Walnut facia trim
  • Iridium Silver centre console outer finish and Graphite inner finish
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Electrically operated front seats
  • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Front occupant side airbags
  • Head protection airbags for front and rear occupants
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated rear screen
  • Automatic front and rear temperature control
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
  • LED map lamps and ambient lighting
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system *1,2
  • Bluetooth telephone preparation *1
  • Powerfold exterior mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring *1
  • Alarm and immobiliser
  • Remote-control central door locking and boot release
  • Battery conditioner
  • Boot mounted umbrella
In Car Entertainment
  • 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower® technology
  • Integrated Apple iPod® connector *4
  • USB connector with Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MP3 audio file compatibility
  • 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket
Options
  • Cooled front and rear seats
  • Twin screen rear seat entertainment system with 6-disc DVD player, auxiliary input, wireless headphones and remote control
  • Alternative facia trim finishes – Mahogany, Piano Black, Bamboo, Tamo Ash, Double Apex Alloy, Nexus Alloy
  • Matching wood door trim
  • Colour-keyed steering wheel
  • Second glass key
  • Magnum silver rear lamp infills
  • Delete model badging
  • Delete protective tape
  • 20-inch alloy wheels with graphite finish
  • 20-inch alloy wheels with polished finish
  • Alternative brake calliper finish – black, red, silver
  • Personalised sill plaques
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror with garage door opener (Europe only)
  • Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
  • Tracking device *1,3
  • First aid kit
  • Ashtray and Cigar Lighter
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