The year 2009 won’t be remembered for gangbuster auto shows, with Detroit being a major letdown and all shows that followed hardly as fully stocked as previous years. Frankfurt’s IAA Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, however, which takes place next month, just might be the turning point we’ve all been waiting for.
Along with the long awaited Ferrari 458 Italia and Porsche’s updated 911 Turbo will be the official unveiling of Aston Martin’s long anticipated Rapide four-door, the first “sedan” since the outlandish Aston Martin Lagonda.
The new Rapide, borrowing a name from Lagonda’s heritage, is hardly outlandish looking though, pulling cues from all new Astons and combining for one of the sleekest looking four-door “coupes” on the market.
Reportedly the Rapide’s V12 makes 470hp compared to the Vantage V12’s 510, leaving room for a more powerful special edition Rapide model in the near future.
The price of entry for this “base” car will be £110,000 in the UK, with North American prices to be announced closer to its introduction here.