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No, that’s not the new Ford Fusion. Look closely and you’ll spot the Aston-Martin badge placed carefully on the front end of this vehicle. That means this is the latest four-door Aston, the Rapide S, which has gone through a bit of a face lift to make it faster and more recognizable.
We’re not sure what it is about car crashes that fascinates us – so long as they don’t happen to us. We just love (and hate) watching videos of them occurring, and this one involves a remarkable Aston Martin Rapide on a public road.
The driver is Italian surf board designer Roberto Ricci, while the passenger, who captured the entire incident on video, is Mpora editor Dave White. It appears that Ricci turned off the Rapide’s stability control rather than hitting the “Sport” mode button and as a result, loses control of the car while on an exit ramp. The Rapide clearly slamms into a guardrail but none of the airbags deploy.
Fortunately after the accident both White and Ricci do not appear to have sustained any injuries, which is surprising considering how demolished the Rapide is.
Check out the video of the crash after the break – may be NSFW due to language.
The Aston Martin Rapide is partaking in a 24 hours endurance run on June 25 at Spring Mountain Motor Sports Ranch in Nevada. The Rapide will do the run simultaneously with Aston Martin’s participation in the Nürburgring 24-hour race in Europe. Aston Martin hopes to show to the public just how powerful and durable the four door sports coupe is, while raising money for charity.
The Rapide utilizes a hand-built 6.0-liter V12 producing 470-hp mated to a Touchtronic automatic gearbox. The car balances luxury, performance and function perfectly. The four sport seats will hold the occupants in tightly during corners and a 317 liter luggage compartment allows space for golf bags or suitcases.
Julian Jenkins, Vice President and General Manager of Aston Martin North America, said: “Since its launch, the Rapide has been popular with customers looking for an exclusive sports car with a combination of exhilarating performance, handcrafted style, and added four-door practicality. As well as raising money for Heart for Japan, this 24-hour initiative will give us an opportunity to showcase the endurance capabilities of the Rapide which in turn demonstrates its everyday usability and durability.”
Aston Martin has decided to reduce production on the Aston Martin Rapide in order to match output to sales. The British company said they will now produce around 25 cars per week, making 1250 cars a year. Initially, Aston Martin envisioned producing 2000 cars in 2007/2008.
Sources have even claimed that Rapide production may drop to 10 vehicles per week as Aston adjusts their output, however the company does not believe it will drop to those numbers. In May, production of the Rapide was stopped and Aston sent out emails to contractors saying no more components would be needed for the month because ”the factory was on shutdown,” said Aston.
The slowing luxury car market has been a key factor in slowing Rapide production, but when demand increases, production of the vehicle in increase.
Gallery: Aston Martin Rapide
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Aston Martin has released a stunning piece of video that shows the company’s new sports sedan driving both the Nürburgring and the famous Stelvio Pass in the Alps.
Dubbed “the most elegant four-door sorts car in the world,” the Rapide is powered by a front-mounted 5.9-liter V12 engine. Power is rated at 470hp at 6000 rpm with 443 ft-lbs of torque coming on strong at 5000 rpm. And if we know Aston, it probably sounds like a wicked beast at about 4000 rpm.
The Rapide will be offered exclusively with a six-seed automatic transmission.
As for the design of the car, it’s all Aston up front and even the rear maintains Aston’s signature subtle duck-tail spoiler, which is integrated into the rear hatch. And of course, all four doors flip slightly upward, just like the rest of the Aston fleet. The cabin of the car seats four with 10.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats or 26.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
“Rapide is the culmination of the Aston Martin range of sports cars, a car that seals the revival of a truly admired marque,” said Aston CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez. “There is now an Aston Martin for every taste and for every use. With Rapide, the entire family can enjoy their Aston Martin together in unison, in an invigorating yet comfortable environment, sitting low, with plenty of visibility from every seat and with new levels of comfort, refinement and entertainment.”
GALLERY: Aston Martin Rapide
GALLERY: Aston Martin Rapide at the Frankfurt Auto Show
With the official launch of Aston Martin’s four-door Rapide set for later this year, the luxury British automaker has already started teasing us with bits of info. Most important for many is the powerplant.
As expected the Rapide will use the 6.0-liter V12 engine that motivates most of Aston’s lineup. Power is rated at 470hp and 443 ft-lbs of torque and will be accessible through the company’s new Touchtronic automatic gearbox, which first debuted on the DBS.
In terms of design elements, the rear doors will be what Aston calls “swan wing” doors. The doors open upwards and outwards, much like the doors on Aston’s coupes. This will help ease access to the two rear seats.
By the sounds of the press release, however, those rear seats won’t be overly spacious. On the other hand, Aston does claim that cargo space for luggage will be sufficient.
“Rapide will exceed expectations to deliver elegance and practicality in a form that will allow driving enjoyment and comfort beyond anything that exists today,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez, “The Rapide will exist in a class all of its own, a true Aston Martin with the high performance and dynamic excellence that defines the brand, and a luxurious sporting grand tourer without equal.”
GALLERY: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide
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