Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Aston Martin was a traditional car manufacturer about 10 years ago. At that time the British company produced about 600 cars per year – a production number that, everything seems different from glorious. Fortunately, those times seem to be forgotten: Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company then took over steering and has the sports car maker back on track. Annual production now stands at a good 6,000 units per year.
Latest coup for the production of Dr Bez is a four-door sports car. There is no doubt that with this idea they will emulated the German rival Porsche. Even last year brought the Porsche Panamera to market – a sports car suitable for families.
Nine months later, the British are so far the Aston Martin Rapide is in the starting blocks. The four-door based on a very similar concept as the Panamera. Aston Martin has built a sports car, breaking all records whose dimensions. From a sleek sports car can be no question: The Rapide is 5.2 meters long and has a wheelbase of 2.99 meters. The empty weight is approximately 2 tons.
So that drives the Aston Martin Rapide, despite the heavy weight like a thoroughbred sports car, it was equipped with a 12-cylinder engine. The V12 engine delivers 477 hp and develops a torque of 600Nm. This force is sufficient to cope in the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds. The top speed is 296 km / h. Information on the fuel made the British have not, but experts familiar with the engine and expect to use about 16 liters per 100 kilometers.
Those who want to grow the four-door sports car that needs to have a bulging wallet. The Aston Martin Rapide is available at dealerships beginning in March.