Aston Martin, the luxury sports car manufacturer, has introduced the 2016 Rapide in India. Priced at INR 3.29 crore (ex-showroom, Thane), the four-door sports saloon will be retailed through Mumbai-based Performance Cars.
The 2016 Rapide gets a new front-end, a revised engine, a reinforced body, a reappraised chassis and a refreshed cabin as well.
In terms of exteriors, the most prominent change comes in the form of a new grille, which is bigger and, Aston Martin claims it as world’s largest grille to have passed pedestrian safety norms. On the inside, it comes with a new AMI III infotainment system that pops out of the centre console and a 6.5-inch display that readouts real time power and torque figures.
Powered by a new 517bhp, 6.0-litre V12 engine that’s coupled with a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox, the Rapide is capable of sprinting the 0-100kph dash in mere 4.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 306kph. If compared to the predecessor, this new Rapide has 17 per cent more power and 10 per cent more torque.
On the occasion, Aston Martin Middle East and North Africa General Manager Neil Slade said that 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,” he added.