We love spotting new product. Especially when it has an Aston Martin badge sitting pretty on the hood. Aston says the Rapide is the most elegant four-door sports car in the world and I’m not inclined to disagree with them. The 4-door super sedan is essentially a DB9 Coupe – V12 and all – that has been stretched to accommodate a set of leather-lined, hand finished rear passenger doors. The transition from coupe to sedan is the epitome of seamless and, from the side, you are hard pressed to even distinguish the lithe Rapide from its two-door DB9 sibling.
The owner must be on somebody’s A-list because the valet outside of the Fashion 26 Wyndham Hotel said the car had just 300 miles on the odo and was one of three to currently exist in the U.S. The license plate surround tells us this baby was purchased in Greenwich, at Miller Motor Cars, which is no shocker considering that the tri state area (NY-NJ-CT) represents the most, if not second or third most, important market area in the country for exotic vehicle manufacturers like Aston.
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Charitable car enthusiasts were dressed to the nines at the East Side House NY Auto Show Preview Gala that took place on April 1st at Jacob K Javits Convention Center. The annual event, which includes cocktails, dinner and silent auction, afforded ticket holders a private walk around of the show floor before the massive crowds showed up. Take it from me, there is nothing cooler than taking in one of the world’s biggest auto shows with an ice cold beer in your hand. All proceeds went to the East Side House neighborhood college prep school Matt Haven Village Preparatory High School.
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Our good pal Darren from TeamSpeed spotted this Hardly Green 4-door Aston Martin Rapide cruising East 61st Street one sunny afternoon last weekend. Yes, you read that correctly…a 4-door Aston Martin. I know what you’re thinking…since when does Aston Martin concern themselves with backseat passengers? It’s akin to a watering hole offering day care for patrons or a strip club with 401K plans for their employees. But, truth be told, Aston has actually built their fair share of sporting saloons over the years. The one you see here is actually a pre-production model, or prototype to sound more exciting, likely being used for VIP test drives and high end dealer salon shows. How do we know? Because the Rapide isn’t out yet. This probably explains the pissed off expression seen on the passenger’s face. But hey, you can’t drive around in something this sexy and not expect to be photographed. Look for the 470 HP Rapide to hit dealerships next month for about $200K.
Awesome find Darren!
Mercedes brought sexy back in 2004 when they introduced the seductive CLS sedan. The combination of sedan practicality and low profile design allowed Mercedes to take credit for the ‘four door coupe’ moniker.
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