The 2016 Rapide from Aston Martin has been launched at Rs 3.29 crore (ex-showroom, Thane). The new Rapide debuts in India in collaboration with Performance Cars, a division of Infinity Cars dealership. The 2016 sports car model gets new design upgrades, feature upgrades and a new engine.
The new Aston Martin Rapide comes with a 6.0-litre V12 engine mated to an eight speed automatic ZF gearbox. The 510bhp power generating engine is capable of sprinting from standstill to 100kmph in just about 4.6 seconds. The sports car is capable of achieving a top speed of 306kmph. The engine gets two ECUs where each monitors six engine cylinders.
The 2016 Aston Martin Rapide comes loaded with features like AMI III infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Located in the centre console, it pops out when required and reads out real time information on power and torque figures. The system also supports audio, telephony functions and navigation. For additional convenience, the system is compatible with Apple iPhones.
In terms of safety, the new Rapide gets eight airbags, advanced bonded aluminium structure for easy handling of higher crash loads, dual pre-tensioning seat belts and load limiting technology for four passengers.
Speaking about the car during the event, Neil Slade, general manager, AMMENA , Aston Martin said, “The British marquee luxury sport automobile producer is especially excited to introduce the revamped 2016 model of the bestselling Rapide to Indian automotive enthusiasts. This model offers unprecedented power and comfort at an extremely attractive price. India has been a market of strategic importance for Aston Martin and we are very delighted to launch the new Rapide in the country. Aston Martin has been very responsive to the demands of the Indian consumers and have therefore launched the new Rapide especially for India.”