Aston Martin Rapide

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Aston Martin Rapide
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Overview
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production 2010–present
Assembly Gaydon, England (2012–present)
Graz, Austria (2010–2012)
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 4-door hatchback/liftback
Layout FR layout
Platform Aston Martin VH platform
Powertrain
Engine 5.9 L V12
Transmission 6-speed automatic(2010-2014)
8-speed automatic (2014 onwards)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 117.7 in (2,990 mm)
Length 197.6 in (5,019 mm)
Width 75.9 in (1,928 mm)
Height 53.5 in (1,359 mm)
Kerb weight 1,950 kg (4,299 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Rapide

The Aston Martin Rapide is a four-door, high-performance sport saloon, which British luxury marque Aston Martin introduced in early 2010. It was first presented as a concept car at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in 2006 and the production version of the Rapide was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.[1]

The Rapide name is a reference to the Lagonda Rapide, a saloon car produced by Lagonda, now part of Aston Martin. The new Rapide is the company's first four-door saloon since the Aston Martin Lagonda was discontinued in 1989.[2] It is based on the Aston Martin DB9 and shares the same VH platform.[3]

The first cars were rolled out in May 2010,[4] initially built at a dedicated plant at the Magna Steyr facility in Graz, Austria. The factory initially planned to build 2,000 per year,[5] but relocated to England in 2012 after sales did not meet production targets.[6]

Rapide (2010-2013)[edit]

Specifications[edit]

The Rapide is powered by a 5,935 cc (362 cu in) V12 engine, producing 470 bhp (350 kW; 477 PS) and torque of 443 lbf·ft (601 N·m). It is Rear-wheel drive and has a six-speed Touchtronic automatic.

The Rapide can reach a top speed of 188.5 mph (303 km/h),[5] and accelerate 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, or 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.0 seconds

Equipment[edit]

The Rapide's standard features include a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillamps. Leather and walnut trim are standard, with metallic accents; power front seats with memory, cooling and heating; Bluetooth; satellite radio (US version only); and USB and iPod connectivity.[7] The Rapide comes, as standard, with a Bang & Olufsen 16 speaker sound system with two that rise from the dashboard on activation of the system.

Rapide S (2013- )[edit]

New front design of the Rapide S

Specification[edit]

As part of the 2013 facelift and revisions to the Rapide, the V12 engine is upgraded to now produce 550 bhp (410 kW; 558 PS).[8] Performance improvements include a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) reduced to 4.9 seconds. CO
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emissions are cut by 23g/km to 332g/km.

The Rapide S received further revisions in 2014, with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, a small power increase to 552 bhp (412 kW; 560 PS), and acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) now 4.4 seconds.[9]

Production[edit]

Aston Martin opted to end production by sub-contractor Magna Steyr in the middle of 2012, six years earlier than expected. Production of the car was also halted temporarily in May 2011. In the face of a diminishing market for luxury saloons, and to match output to shrinking sales, Aston Martin has to cut annual production from 2,000 to 1,250 in June 2011 - and may go as low as 500 annually.[10]

Motorsports[edit]

A Rapide S was entered in the 2010 24 Hours Nürburgring. Drivers included Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez. It finished second in the SP 8 class.[11] This Rapide S was powered a new technology introduced by Alset GmbH, Hybrid Hydrogen system that enables to use hydrogen and petrol individually or at the same time in an internal combustion engine. Aston Rapide S was the first car to race the 24 Hours Nürburgring with hydrogen fuel.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aston Martin Officially Unveils the Four-Door Rapide". Automoblog.net. 
  2. ^ "Aston Martin Lagonda (1978–1989) | Buying Guide | Buying | octane". Classicandperformancecar.com. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Aston Martin Rapide review". Autocar. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Pal Tan First Aston Martin Rapide rolls out from Austrian factory at PaulTan.org, 10 May 2010
  5. ^ a b Vaughn, Mark (24 August 2009). "Desert Shakedown". AutoWeek (Detroit, Michigan: Crain Communications Inc.) 59 (17): 27. ISSN 0192-9674. 
  6. ^ "Rapide production cut back". Autocar. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "First Drive: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide". MotorAuthority.com. 
  8. ^ Migliore, Greg (4 February 2013). "Pushing the V12 Power". Autoweek 63 (3): 7. 
  9. ^ "Aston Martin Rapide S 2014 review". Auto Express. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Rendell, Julian (2011-06-16). "Rapide production cut back". AutoCar. 
  11. ^ Rusz, Joe (August 2010). "American Cars rule in European GT Racing". Road & Track 61 (12): 107. 
  12. ^ de Paula, Matthew. "Aston Martin Favors Hydrogen Over Hybrids, At Least For Now". Forbes. Forbes Publishing. 

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