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Aston's 4-door show stopper

2006-01-04 09:53

The Aston Martin is a four-door concept car with four proper seats and shares its underpinnings with the DB9. If the Rapide makes production it will rival exotic sedans such as the Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes CLS-Class and the upcoming Porsche Panamera.

This 4-door Aston also features styling cues from the Vantage and comes with a hatchback-style rear tailgate, which opens wide to reveal extensive luggage space and flat-folding rear seats.

Clever touches included an electro-chromatic roof that can turn from translucent to opaque at the flick of a switch.

It also displays a few touches expected to make it into the DB9 shortly: new LED lights, new switchgear, reshaped seats and new trim.

Under the Rapide's bonnet is a version of the DB9's 6.0-litre V12, developing 355kW. It will apparently rocket from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.


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