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by Matt Brogan

As the eagerly awaited Aston Martin Rapide enters the final stages of engineering and testing ahead of its launch early next year, UK pricing for the four-door sports car has today been confirmed.

The Rapide will start from £139,950 (AUD$252,390) in the UK and will include as standard such features as a Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system, tailored specifically for Rapide, heated memory seats, dual cast brakes and Adaptive Damping System.

Customer deliveries are expected to commence at the beginning of quarter two 2010, and it will be the first sports car to be hand-built at the Aston Martin Rapide Plant in Graz, Austria. The new 17,000 m2 building has been designed to reflect the quality levels established in Gaydon since 2003 permitting the fusion of modern technology, advanced manufacturing processes and hand-built craftsmanship. Each Rapide will take approximately 220 man hours to build and will benefit from timeless craft skills just like the existing range; DBS, DB9, V12 and V8 Vantage do at Gaydon.

It is anticipated that approximately 2,000 Rapides will be built in the first year attracting a high proportion of new customers to the brand.

The Rapide is on sale now available to order from the Aston Martin dealership network around the world.




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