Aston Martin Rapide

The Aston Martin Rapide is everything a beautiful looking sleek sports car would be like. It's very attractive and owning one is something everybody would desire for. The beauty of the car clearly tells it all about the brilliance of the craftsmanship that has gone into the making of this car. This car is agile, swift, fast, beautiful and comfortable and what more could one ask for! Now let's head on to the detailed Aston Martin Rapide review to know everything you would want to know about this car.

Engine and technical specifications

This hatchback style trunk car is a four door car powered by a 6.0 litre V12 engine that develops 470 hp and 443 pound feet torque. It has got a six speed automatic transmission. The Aston Martin Rapide accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an awesome 5 seconds! But if you compare it with the likes of Jaguar XJ, Porsche Panamera Turbo or the Mercedes CLS63 then certainly it is a bit slower. The fuel economy given by Aston Martin Rapide is 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on highways giving a combined fuel efficiency of 15 mpg. The safety features include front side airbags, brake assist, ABS, stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors and four side curtain airbags.



Exterior design

The Aston Martin Rapide has got a long low base body that looks very attractive. The extruded aluminium chassis looks edgy. The door hinges look intricate but comes along confidently in its designing. The four door entrance looks like that of a luxurious sedan. Aston Martin Rapide has got a mix of the luxury of a lovely sedan and powerful sporty engine of a typical sports car. The looks of the car are like a cherry on the cake. The agility of the car resembles that of a two-seater car but this one has got the convenience of seating four passengers comfortably in it. The low base gives a lesser ground clearance but that this is no different from any sports car.

Interiors

The fine soft leather cabin with wooden trims in the interiors and lustrous black or alloy work done to the final finishing, what you should expect from the interiors of the Aston Martin Rapide is finesse and beauty. The materials used inside the car are extremely beautiful and most natural. The speedometer, tachometer and gauges add to the charm of the cabin. The dial indicators of the tachometer and the speedometer rotate in opposite directions to each other which can look uncomfortable to the eye. The speedometer has got all the numbers in almost fine prints putting the driver off. The digital speedometer in the trip computer will serve the need. All the buttons in the cabin are well placed and easy to understand. The central LCD screen looks very user friendly and adds beauty to the cabin. The Garmin navigation system is a fresh new addition pleasantly welcomed by the users but still makes Aston Martin Rapide a bit lacking as compared to its competitors.

With ample headroom and legroom the driver's seat has got a lot of space making it comfortable for a tall person too in driving the car. The seats are low based making the car look like a true sports car. The rear seats too have fairly good space making the travellers feel most comfortable; although a little more legroom and headroom is desirable. With the rear seats folded the luggage space becomes 31 cubic feet. There are two variants of the Aston Martin Rapide. The standard on has driver adjustable adaptive dampers, bi-xenon headlamps, front and rear automatic climate control, 20 inch wheels, heated front and rear seats, full leather interiors, power front seats along with memory functions, limited slip differential, Garmin based navigation system, Bluetooth, 15 speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system with iPod audio interface, CD player, satellite radio and Aux jack and an auto dimming rear view mirror. The second variant which is the Aston Martin Rapide Luxe has got all the features of the standard variant and other additions like enhanced wheels, secondary glass trimmed key fob, ventilated front and rear seats, six piece custom fit luggage matching the leather interiors, special paint and leather colours, glass switchgear, optional rear view camera and a rear seat entertainment system.

Performance

The Aston Martin Rapide resembles so much to the DB9 while you drive it. It feels like a tight sports car with a very controlled and smooth drive. It feels less like a sedan when you drive it. The electric power assist, continuously variable dampers and manual shift mode are just superb. All in all you get a crisp driving experience from the Aston Martin Rapide.

Pros

  • Beautiful styling
  • Well crafted
  • Powerful V12 engine

Cons

  • Lesser Rear seat space
  • Expensive
  • Has got better competitors

Verdict

If you are an Aston Martin fan Rapide will sweep you off your feet by its looks and driving experience. Our advice to all you fans, just go for it!