The Rapide will be a 4-door coupe/sedan set to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A7. Possible engines include a 4.7 liter V8 with 420 hp and 470 Nm of torque lifted from the Aston Martin Vantage 420.

We get a peek inside the upcoming Aston Martin Rapid, replete with car-testing wiring strung about and a laptop computer.

Go ahead, have a look.

Now, let us do the recap, shall we?

The Aston Martin Rapide is yet another coupe/sedan that seats four and goes really, really fast. Depending on your point of view, you can credit Mercedes for re-starting this trend with the CLS back in 2004. Or you can blame them. Other upcoming competitors include the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera. True credit must go to Maserati, though, which has been building the Quattroporte 4-door sports coupe on and off since 1963. But those cars never looked like a regular sedan that got pulled out of a car crusher and put into a dealer showroom.

Engine? We can only speculate. A good possibility is that the Rapide will be fitted with Aston Martin's 4.7 liter V8 lifted out of the Vantage 420. The power plant comes with 420 hp and 470 Nm of torque.

Aston Martin is set to begin production later this year and hopes to churn out 2,000 units a year of the Rapide after they begin customer deliveries in early 2010.

Hey, somebody left their glasses on the center console. And who's mobile phone is that?

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