A CAR Online reader (Simon Gregg) spotted the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide testing in the UK sans camouflage. The production version of the Rapide is expected to be unveiled this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show and go on sale in early 2010.
The Rapide is expected to be powered by the automaker’s 6.0L V12 with approximately with 470 hp and 443 lb-ft. ot torque.
Simon Gregg had this to say about the Rapide he spotted:
‘I spotted the new Aston Martin Rapide on the M4 Westbound on Friday evening. 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.
‘The interior boasts a centre console which runs all the way through to the rear seating area – a strict four seater! The facia and interior door panels share the styling found in the current DBS and V8 range. Rear access is via a Vantage-style rear hatch, which will make loading up very easy.’