The four-door Rapide

The Rapide is based on the DB9 coupe, but is stretched to improve accommodation for rear passengers and to make room for the extra doors. Aston Martin was able to achieve this relatively simply by virtue of its VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture that formed the backbone of the DB9.

The extruded aluminium construction could be modified in both length and width, providing a myriad of packaging options, and the bonded structure was mated with the aluminium and composite bodywork.

The result has been an impressive machine that has real presence while, at the same time, being slick and elegant. The Rapide has different headlamps to the DB9, silver rear lights and chromed features throughout the exterior.

Inside, the dashboard was based on that of the DB9 but with a new centre console, and different trim finishes. Its power front seats come with memory, cooling and heating. It is claimed its 317-litre book has room for three sets of golf clubs, or up to four pairs of skis.

Under the bonnet, the Rapide is powered by a 5.9-litre V12 engine producing no less than 470bhp and a huge 600Nm of torque, mated to a Touchtronic automatic gearbox.

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