First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

According to CAR, this rendering shows the long-awaited production version of the Aston Martin Rapide. As expected and as indicated by multiple spy shots, the Rapide stays remarkably similar to the original concept, full-length glass roof and all. That’s a good thing, the Aston design language, as seen on the DB9, Vantage and Jaguar XK lends itself rather fetchingly to a four door shape, resulting in a much less awkward car than the Porsche Panamera and a much less confused shape than the Lamborghini Estoque. But what changes have been made?

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

First Official Aston Martin Rapide “Image” Leaks

CAR says to expect a two-intake, stacked front grille, a new crease that runs from the front wheels back through both doors, a redesigned trunk and rear clip with a chrome accent between the taillights. The interior should, more or less, resemble a four seat DB9, since that’s exactly what this car is.

Power will come from a 6.0-liter V12 making around 500 HP and 420 Lb-Ft of torque. While that sounds like more than enough, a faster version of the Rapide, tentatively called the Rapide R (get it?) is allegedly in the cards. Production will be carried out by Magna Steyr in Austria, meaning the Rapide stands half a chance of having quality that’ll live up to its near $300,000 price tag. [via CAR]