The prestigious Aston Martin The nameplate immediately conjures up images of some of the best sports coupes on the market. The Rapide features all the traditional Aston Martin attributes such as a V12 engine and teardrop styling that applies them to a saloon. Reviewers note that the Rapide is one of the most beautiful sedans ever built, with its frameless windows and large gaping grille. The bespoke sedan runs for 10 model years from 2010 to 2020 with a variety of trims available and special editions. Now in the second year since its discontinuation, the Rapide is more affordable than ever.
- Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound
- Hatchback design
- Waterfall Dashboard
- Engine/Motor: 5.9 liter V12
- Power : 470-595
- Torque: 443-465 lb-ft
- Transmission: RWD
- Transmission: 6/8-speed automatic
- Powerful V12 engine
- Exceptional build quality
- Imposing exterior styling
- Small back seat
- Dated infotainment
Every Aston Martin Rapide is fitted with a 6.0 V12 engine as standard. The Rapide’s standard V12 produces an impressive 470 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The 2018-2020 AMR variant pushes performance even further and produces 595 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The Rapide AMR boasts a top speed of 205 mph, making it one of the fastest production sedans ever. Early variants use a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission to move power to the rear wheels. In contrast, the 2018-2020 cars use an 8-speed automatic transmission. While efficiency isn’t a primary concern of the Rapide, it does return a reasonable 14 city and 21 highway.
All versions of the Aston Martin Rapide carry the same DNA that brings massive levels of driving accolades to the Aston brand. While enthusiasts are right to be skeptical whenever a performance brand unveils a sedan, the Rapide excels in every category, despite its size. The standard Rapide accelerates to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds. High-end AMR variants of the car hit the same mark in just 4.2 seconds. The throaty quad exhaust alerts passers-by to the engine’s massive size.
In the corners, the Rapide handles like any Aston, with the driving dynamics of a much smaller car. The Aston sits even lower than the competing Porsche Panamera and handles with a level of grace comparable to the Vantage alone. If not abruptly, the transmission shifts quickly. The use of magnesium paddle shifters gives the driver full control. Manual shifts are quick, without the typical lag that often plagues cars. The Rapide can cruise quietly at 80 without engine noise penetrating the cabin during leisurely highway driving. However, a sharp kick to the pedal will quickly wake up the V12 to overtake.
Comfortable cabin, analogue technology
The interior of the Aston Martin Rapides is decidedly British and does not mince words to convey its English heritage. Rich real wood trim and leather cover every touch surface. A three-spoke leather steering wheel welcomes the driver, whose hands sink into the soft leather upholstery. A cluster of analog gauges clearly convey speed and rpm. The cascading center console includes a navigation screen that electrically lowers when not in use to maintain the vintage nature of the dashboard. The navigation unit and small climate control screen are courtesy of Volvo. Newer models allow Apple CarPlay, but users still have to rely on buttons to control the unit. Below is a cup holder and controls for seat heating and ventilation. There are no driving aids aside from the parking sensors in the Rapide; it’s a real driver’s car in every way.
Rear passengers suffer happily, with their own center console. The center console houses the controls for the two rear DVD monitors. Rear seat passengers also benefit from seat heating and ventilation. There is a full opening on the rear hatch. The rear hatch adds a lot to the practicality, bringing space in the Rapide up to 31.28 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Chrome-plated steel scuff plates further facilitate ease of use. The rear seats fold flat. However, the design makes them vulnerable to abrasions on the back.
While the Aston Martin Rapide’s original MSRPs easily exceed $200,000, three years after discontinuation they are finally beginning their depreciation journey. Residual values for Aston Martins are among the highest in the industry, but consumers can find early 2010-2014 Rapides for $50-70,000 with low mileage. However, budgeting for repairs and maintenance is a must, as brand ownership costs are similar to Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Aston Martin certifies cars for up to 10 years with a 12 month bumper-to-bumper warranty with the option to extend up to 10 years at an additional cost. New Aston Martin Rapides, especially AMRs, still sit in the six figures, with the average value of a 2019 example at $130,320. Regardless of value and upkeep costs, few cars can accomplish what the Rapide can, and it combines supercar driving dynamics with true British luxury.
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