aston rapide

Gearing up for the big launch in the first quarter of 2010, Aston Martin has announced the UK price of its Rapide. The firm’s “first four-door sports car” and also the first Aston Martin not to be made-in-England – it’s hand-built at Magna Steyr’s Graz, Austria plant – will start from £139,950 in the UK.

What can that sum buy you? Well, a V8 Panamera S is listed at £72,266 so technically you can have two of Porsche’s four doors for the price of one Rapide with a few options added (a range topping Panamera Turbo costs £95,298).

The Aston’s list price includes a bespoke Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system, heated memory seats, dual cast brakes and Adaptive Damping System, among other kit. It is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 with 470bhp.

The car is currently going through final engineering and testing. Order books are open for the 2000 or so Rapides that will be made per year, so if you fancy one put your name down at Aston Martin Lagonda (S.E.A.) Pte Ltd, official dealer for Malaysia and Singapore.