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Aston Martin Rapide Facelift Spied 27
Posted by Alex Ion in ASTON MARTIN, Automotive News, Facelift, Rapide on 05 27th, 2011

This time we have for our readers, the latest spied shots of Rapide Facelift. Just have a look.  It is likely that the front bumper will feature an updated design and new air intakes.

With a new rear bumper and a rear spoiler a little bigger than on the current model, the face lifted Rapide is changed at its rear end.

The rear parking sensors are located higher up. Expected to be launched sometime between late 2012 or early 2013, next Aston Martin Rapide may also get a new engine variant too.

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As you know, Aston Martin presented Rapide as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show way back in 2006 and later introduced it in 2010. So, all set for a test drive in Facelifted Rapide?

(Via WCF)

Bentley Readying Rapide, Panamera Rival 15
Posted by Alex Ion in ASTON MARTIN, Automotive News, Bentley, Maserati Quattroporte, Mulsanne, New Model, panamera, Porsche Panamera, Rapide on 10 15th, 2010

Bentley is on road to creating a rival to the Aston Martin Rapide.  The upcoming entry-level four-door coupe is said to be modelled  along those lines and is likely to be positioned on a platform just a tad below the Continental and Mulsanne.  Apart from the Rapide, the Bentley innovation is seen as gearing up to take on the Maserati Quattroporte and Porsche Panamera.

The car is expected to come with a chassis that would look borrowed from Audi’s A7 Sportback  and would have as its exterior a 20 per cent aluminium structure. This would make sure that the weight of the car would be much less that the 2,350kg Continental GT, at about 1,700kg. As for the interiors, one aspect that would charm enthusiasts is the ample legroom provided.

To be powered by a 4.0-litre turbo V8, co-developed with Audi, and would produce around 450bhp.  On the pricing front too, the new Bentley model could charm. We hear the car would cost around £85,000 in the UK, compared with the Rapide priced at £140,000.

(via AutoExpress)