The Aston Martin Rapide took a long time to finally come to market and it seems like it’s taken almost just as long to go on public display. First shown in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show way back in 2006, the Rapide had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show last Fall. Since then both the LA and Detroit shows have come and gone, with Aston a no-show. Finally, North Americans (or at least New Yorkers) will get their first look at the Rapide when it goes on public display at the NY Auto Show in April.
Powered by an incredible 5.9-liter V12 engine that makes 470-hp at 6000 rpm and 443 ft-lbs of torque at 5000 rpm, the four-door Rapide is offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. It gets Aston’s typically long front-snout and an ultra luxurious interior. Pricing for the new model starts at $199,950 ($215,000 CAD), vastly higher than segment rivals the Maserati Quattroporte and Porsche Panamera, ensuring exclusivity.
AutoGuide will bring you more on the Rapide with live coverage of the New York Auto Show starting March 31st.
In the mean time, browse through the massive gallery of photos below.