All that grunt is delivered to the rear wheels through a specially tuned version of Aston's six-speed 'Touchtronic 2' automatic transmission that allows the driver to change gear automatically or manually via the steering column-mounted magnesium paddles.
"Rapide is the culmination of the Aston Martin range of sports cars, a car that seals the revival of a truly admired marque. There is now an Aston Martin for every taste and for every use," said Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez.
"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."
The Rapide features four 'swan wing' doors that open slightly upwards revealing the saloon's 2+2 seating layout. The boot capacity is 301-liters which is roughly the same size as the luggage compartment of the Ford Fiesta (...). Not that we're expecting many to do so, but the Rapide's rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button to create a flat loading space, thus increasing the luggage compartment to 750-liters.
The Rapide will be the first car in Aston Martin's history to be built outside of Britain as production will be carried out by Magna Steyr at the firm's Austrian plant in Graz.