Big news in the last couple of days for Aston Martin fans!
First, the company recently announced that its new four-door Rapide sedan has started leaving the plant for delivery to the first batch of eagerly awaiting customers.
The Rapide is set to reach Aston Martin’s 125 showrooms in 34 countries over the coming weeks. Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine making 470-hp, the Rapide also uses a Touchtronic 2 6-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. In the United States, pricing starts at $199,950.
In my mind, that price alone is worth it just for the Rapide’s seductive styling and performance. The nine coats of paint and hand-stitched magnificently upholstered leather interior are just bonus features!
If the Rapide is enticing, but you just need a little more bite but don’t have the multi-million dollar bank account to snag the One-77, read on.
Aston Martin’s new Carbon Black V12 Vantage could be everything you need in a car.
That is, if you need 510-horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque, a 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers a 4.2-second 0-60 mph time, carbon fiber mesh-backed side strakes, 10-spoke alloy wheels, a bright-finish grille and front parking sensors all wrapped in sinister Carbon Black paint. Sounds like everything I need in a car, at least!
A year ago, the V12 Vantage wasn’t even coming to the States. Thanks to a mighty U.S.-demand though, Aston changed its mind and is bringing the car to the Americas.
Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez said in a statement,
This is the ultimate performance interpretation of the Vantage range, combining our most agile model with our most powerful engine.
At an estimated price of around $200,000, that’s a pretty compelling combination.
For the same $200K, which are you buying: the Rapide or the V12 Vantage? Or would you skip Aston Martin altogether and pick up a Porsche or two?