James Bond fans rejoice! At the Detroit Auto Show, Aston Martin unveiled a four-door sedan with a monstrous 480-horsepower engine. Dubbed the “Rapide”, this new sporty ride is based on the DB9 coupe, stretching the body by 11.8 inches. Just like the V8 Vantage, this car makes use of the same aluminium VH architecture.
The styling is classic Aston Martin, and when you pop the hood, you can be sure the muscle will match. Discover the 480-hp 5.9-litre V12, and go for one wild ride on the highway (be sure to adhere to all posted speed limits). The transmission is a ZF manu-matic, and despite being a true four-door sedan, the Rapide is a mere 309 pounds heftier than the DB9 coupe.
This is the latest in a line of ultra-fast four-door sedans, following the trends of the CLS from Mercedes-Benz and the Porsche’s future Panamera offering. No official word on whether this will actually make it to production, but if you want your martinis shaken, not stirred, you better keep your fingers crossed that the Rapide will make its appearance in Aston Martin’s 2008 line.