For some time now, a lot of automakers discovered that Mercedes was the only one operating in a new niche, practically controlling the entire market with their CLS sedan coupe. A fierce contestant for the Mercedes CLS seems to be the Aston Martin Rapide, a four door sports saloon with a coupe shaped rear. Now, the British automaker has announced the pricing details for their latest creation. Before we tell you how much the Aston Martin Rapide costs, a competitor of the Rapide, the Porsche Panamera Turbo, has a base price of 95.258 British pounds in the UK. The Aston Martin Rapide has a base price tag of 139.950 British pounds, or the equivalent of 154.000 Euro or 232.800 dollars.
The Aston Martin Rapide has a powertrain consisting of a six speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, a rear wheel drive system and a 6.0 liter V12 engine capable of developing 477 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque.
Some of the most important features of the Aston Martin Rapide include an Adaptive Damping system, a Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system, dual cast brakes as well as heated memory seats. 2000 units of the Aston martin Rapide will be built in the first year, starting from the second quarter of 2010.
Each Aston Martin Rapide will take approximatively 220 man hours to build. The Aston Martin Rapide will be produced at the Magna Steyr factory owned by Aston Martin that is located in the city of Graz, in Austria.
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