Aston Martin Rapide
|Aston Martin Rapide|
|Assembly||Gaydon, England (2012–present)
Graz, Austria (2010–2012)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback/liftback|
|Platform||Aston Martin VH platform|
|Engine||5.9 L V12|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic (2010–2014)
8-speed automatic (2014 onwards)
|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)|
|Predecessor||Aston Martin Lagonda|
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.
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. It is based on the Aston Martin DB9 and shares the same VH platform.
The first cars were rolled out in May 2010, initially built at a dedicated plant at the Magna Steyr facility in Graz, Austria. The factory initially planned to build 2,000 per year, but relocated to England in 2012 after sales did not meet production targets.
The Rapide can reach a top speed of 188.5 mph (303 km/h), and accelerate 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds, or 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.0 seconds
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. 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–)
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). 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. CO2 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. And a new top speed of 203 mph (327 km/h). 
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.
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. 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.
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|Aston Martin and Lagonda road car timeline, 1948–Present|
|Owner||David Brown Limited||Wilson||Sprague, Minden||Gauntlett, Pace||Gauntlett, Livanos||Gauntlett, Livanos, Ford||Ford Motor Company||Dar, Adeem, Bez, Richards||Investindustrial, Primewagon, Dar et al.|
|Lagonda||2.6 Litre||3 Litre||Rapide||V8||Taraf|
|Grand Tourer||DB4||DB5||DB6||Vantage||DB7||DB7 Vantage||DB9|
|Supercar||V8 Vantage||V8 Vantage||V12 Vanquish||DBS||Vanquish|
|Zagato||DB4GT Zagato||V8 Zagato||DB7 Zagato||DBAR1||V12 Zagato|