Aston Martin’s Newest Rapide
Aston Martin has been making the very best vehicles on the planet for generations, building each model upon the achievement of the past. Continuing this tradition with its latest Rapide, some analysts suggest that Aston may have just outdone themselves by creating a car like no other, crafting a vehicle truly worthy of the company name. While a great deal remains to be said about this vehicle, they may be on to something.
While details are still spars concerning its newest revisions to the Rapide, tests done on the semi-disguised vehicle at the Nurburgring track reveal a car that has been significantly upgraded in a number of areas. The most important of these has been to its 5.9-litre V12 engine, now capable of producing some 565 bhp.
Reporters at Autocar have noted that the specific placement of the camouflage is meant to highlight the newest external features of the car. The company has been pushing their new Rapide to determine the effectiveness of the chassis, brakes as well as cooling systems when dealing with this extra powerful engine. Experts suggest that because of the focused nature of the pain colouring on the front and rear bumpers, the Rapide is likely going to take “styling cues” from the Vanquish, perhaps adopting more dramatic arrangements than its previous model.
Another important feature of the new look has been the focus on the four-door capabilities. Reporters suggest that this development comes at the heels of Astons campaign to emphasize their lines family car capabilities, offering a comfortable yet quick ride for the whole family.
While not a great deal more is known about the car, analysts suggest it will replace the outgoing DBS which produces some 510 bhp. Keeping their car within a similar horsepower range, the Rapide will also likely come in a sportier S model that will have slightly more power. However, it has been suggested that the pictures currently available only displays the workhorse model, thus enshrouding the look of the S model in mystery.
With a strong market in China, the Rapide will certainly find a home when it finally goes on sale in Europe within the next six months. Keeping their cards close to their chest, it will be interesting to see exactly how accurate these reports are when compared to the official figures.