Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Aston Martin Rapide is a four-door, four-seat coupe, which British luxury marque Aston Martin plans to introduce in late 2009 to compete with the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Maserati Quattroporte. It was first presented under the form of a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in 2006 . The Rapide name is a reference to the Lagonda Rapide, a sedan produced by Lagonda, now part of Aston Martin.
Since the purchase of Aston Martin by a British consortium led by David Richards of Prodrive, production of the Rapide has been confirmed and progress is being made to quicken the release date.