The beautiful five-door Aston Martin Rapide has been spotted so many times we wonder if Aston Martin ever plan on releasing it. This time round it was spotted fully undisguised in a UK car park by a Car Magazine reader. It’s expected to make a full release at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it’ll be released to go head-to-head with Porsches Panamera and Maserati’s Quatroporte.

A little while ago we got our first official glypse of what the car will look like and some of it’s specifications.

The Rapide will be powered by a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 470bhp and 600Nm of torque. The rear wheels are driven through a Touchtronic gearbox. We’ll be at Frankfurt to take a look at it!

[Via WorldCarFans]

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  1. Looks better than a Panamera?

    I haven’t seen the Rapide live, but I have seen the Panamera many times crousing around in Leipzig.
    Two weeks ago there was a little fotoshoot with Panamera, Audi A8, BMW 7 and Mercedes S-Class in the city centre of Leipzig. And the Panamera looks so great, much better than any other high premium limousine.

    I don’t like the tail of the Rapide, for me the Panamera tail is more sporty.

  2. No sorry, only student, but a job by Porsche would be great. :)
    The factory isn’t far away from my flat and have some engineers in the neighborhood.
    So almost every Sunday i hear the beautiful sound of porsches racing down their testrack, sometimes really annoying. :(

  3. I would have the Rapide over the Panamera for it’s looks any time. Not sure about the performance, but judging on it’s looks the Rapide is the winner.

  4. For me, the Porsche is always going to be the better seller though, If it were the other way round then brand dilution would be a huge problem for Aston…

    Having said that its rivals are the Panamera and Quatroporte, I should really have said the Continental Flying Spur would be closer as the Rapide will probably be in that price range rather than the lower :D


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