2006 Aston Martin Rapide Concept Specifications
|Brakes F/R:||ABS, vented disc/vented disc|
|Driveline:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Displacement cu in (cc):||362 (5935)|
|Power bhp (kW) at RPM:||480(358) / n.a.|
|Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:||n.a.|
|Redline at RPM:||n.a.|
|Length × Width × Height in:||n.a.|
|Weight lb (kg):||4077 (1850)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph s:||< 5|
|Top Speed mph (km/h):||> 180 (> 290)|
|Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):||n.a.|
Base Price: 2006 Aston Martin Rapide Concept - n.a. (last update: 2/20/2007)
The Aston Martin Rapide Concept
The Aston Martin Rapide concept is a four-door, high performance coupe of remarkable grace and poise. Based on Aston Martin's unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture, the Rapide combines the company's commitment to power, beauty and soul with space and practicality for every eventuality. It stands for stylistic excellence, market innovation and flexible manufacturing. The Rapide is the epitome of Aston Martin's low-volume, high-technology approach, the synergy of modern methods and materials with traditional skills to create a new form of craftsmanship for the 21st century.
Rapide's Exterior Design
The Rapide represents the pinnacle of Aston Martin's design ethos, a formal language developed through the carefully balanced combination of elegance and aggression. In silhouette, three-quarters view and from both the front and rear, the Rapide is instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin, regardless of whether it is wearing the famous winged badge (still faithfully rendered in pewter and enamel on every model). The soft curves of the flank kick up into muscular haunches above the rear wheel arches, with the roofline staying low, true to the distinctive Aston Martin silhouette. The Rapide also features the metal side strakes, another signature feature, while the doors feature Aston Martin's unique 'swan wing' design, opening upwards at a 12-degree angle away from the kerb to provide greater access. The rear doors cut unexpectedly deep into the flank below the C-pillar, increasing the width of the opening to improve access. At 195 inches long, the Rapide is 11.7 inches longer than a DB9, and only 310 lbs heavier.
The Rapide continues Aston Martin's reputation for highly-tailored, individual cockpits. The trademark glass starter button is a small element of theatre that is also beautiful and tactile, the perfect first point of contact with the car. Providing sporty accommodation for four passengers in such a low and beautiful coupe presents a formidable packaging challenge.
Aston Martin has always been about truth to materials: wood is valued for its structural properties and appearance, as are aluminum, glass and leather, while carbon fiber is utilized for its strength and weight-saving abilities and not just a showy finish. A transparent polycarbonate roof brings an increased sense of spatial awareness, opening up the passengers' vistas beyond the driver's focus on the road ahead. This ultra-light transparent material is a first for the company. The Rapide has dual climate zones, and the luxuriously appointed rear seats come with their own DVD screens and controls for the audio system and environmental system.
The dashboard is very driver-focused, the three passengers can also be as engaged and involved in the journey. For example, the satellite navigation system is fully accessible to all passengers, with a handheld Bluetooth unit that allows rear seat passengers to add their input to the route ahead. It's this level of involvement that characterises the Aston Martin experience, and it is vital that both driver and passengers can share it.
Like all Aston Martins, the Rapide is a superlative performer. Powered by the V12 engine from the DB9 but uprated to 480 brake horsepower mated to a ZF Touchtronic gearbox, the car has performance equivalent to the DB9, although the gearing has been adjusted to suit the longer wheelbase and more refined ride. Carbon brakes and callipers, a first for Aston Martin, give the Rapide immense stability and stopping power. "A sports car is not simply characterized by the number of doors," says Dr Bez, "so a four door car can still have the looks and performance of a sports car and the Rapide is certainly true to its name, providing an unrivalled way of taking four adults on a long-distance journey along any type of road."
The Aston Martin Experience
The Rapide is serious about the business of driving, a chassis that is equally at home amongst winding back roads, mountain passes or high-speed carriageways. It has the expertise to devour trans-continental distances while leaving the driver feeling fresh and alert, however far or fast. The rich exhaust note is intended to be heard echoing off the sheer rock walls of the Alps, the steering demands to be taken to the switchbacks of Austria's Grossglockner Pass, while the engine begs to be opened up along a stretch of German Autobahn.
An Aston Martin is about elegance, power and innovation, a bespoke form constructed to high standards that provide the model definition of 21st century design and engineering execution.