Despite the disaster wrought by the Lagonda’s poor showing at the Geneva Motor Show and the embarrassing game of finger pointing that followed immediately thereafter, Aston Martin forged boldly ahead with their plans for a 4-door supercar and now once again stand vulnerable before the public eye beside the new Aston Martin Rapide. Unlike the wash of track-ready saloons that have preceded it (we’re looking at you, Panamera), the Rapide seems to posses the perfect combination of performance, practicality and, some would argue most importantly, aesthetics.
The engine is the same 6.0L V12 behemoth from the famed Vanquish, rated at a cool 470 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 443 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm, and comes mated to a standard Touchtronic 2 transmission which allows you to alternate between automatic or manual gear selection via column-mounted paddle shifters. Curb weight is a hefty 4299 lb, but thanks to the monstrous 5935cc’s under the hood Aston claims the Rapide is still capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds – not too shabby for a rich man’s family sedan.
Source: AutoBlog, because Aston Martin rejected our application for media access despite the fact that we’ve been recognized as an accredited member of automotive media by several journalistic organizations and literally every auto manufacturer, including (but not limited to) Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Fiat, Fisker, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Not that we’re bitter.