|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2014 Aston Martin Rapide S
|Sedan||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.1 sec @ 111 mph||13/19/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sedan||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.5 sec||12.9 sec @ 111.2 mph||13/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sedan||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.0 sec @ --- -- mph||13/19/---- mpg||Road & Track|
2010 Aston Martin Rapide
|Sedan||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.8 sec||13.3 sec @ 110 mph||13/19/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sedan||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.2 sec @ 108.1 mph||13/19/8.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sedan||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.7 sec||13.1 sec @ 109.5 mph||13/19/12 mpg||Road & Track|
About Aston Martin Rapide S
The quintessential sedan isn’t normally something you fawn over. You reserve that kind of reaction over the coupes and the convertibles, those two favorite rides of guys who don’t have to transport the wife and the kids. Sedans are pretty much prized for their practicality, and you just hope they’re not too plain-looking.
And then we have the Aston Martin Rapide S. The “Rapide” doesn’t need much of a translation, since anyone with a very basic understanding of English (or Spanish) here in the US should pretty much recognize the promise it holds. But the Aston Martin brand is a different matter, as it promises beauty along with performance. And it pretty much keeps its word, since the Aston Martin Rapide S is loudly proclaimed by its manufacturer as the most beautiful sports car sedan in the world.
One look at it and you may find such an assertion difficult to argue with.
The Beauty of the Rapide S
The Rapide S has the typical Aston Martin design, which basically means it has curves in all the right places so it looks sexy and speedy as hell. The new 2015 version has a few changes though. The front profile is quite striking, as it features a new full-face aluminum grille. And there’s also a new rear deck profile, although the main reason for this change is improved aero dynamics.
It’s also nearer to the ground by 20mm, and your color options include Divine Red and Sea Storm green. You can also choose between diamond and graphite finishes for your 20-inch wheel options.
Obviously, it didn’t change much from previous iterations, and that’s probably a good thing. It’s like putting some final touches on a Van Gogh, and too much of a change can be upsetting.
The design of the Rapide S makes it more aerodynamic and makes it much faster, although the space in the rear seat may make you question if it’s really a sedan.
Inside the Rapide S
Meanwhile, when you slip inside the cabin you will find yourself surrounded by luxury. It’s understandable if you take some time to bask in it. It’s hard not to feel appreciative when Aston Martin actual put in actual metal in the interior instead of hard plastic that only looks like metal.
You’re also surrounded by a comfy cocoon of 7 hides of hand-sewn leather, with two new leather color options and an updated pattern for the quilting. That’s just the start, since you have virtually unlimited options for customizing your Rapid S. You’re even nudged to use the “Q by Aston Martin” bespoke services.
Of course, that means you’re going to have to go far beyond the already prohibitive starting price of $207,820. But if you’ve got the budget, then by all means, customize away. You may as well indulge yourself.
Driving the Aston Martin Rapide S
But Aston Martin isn’t all about looks. That’s like having a pretty boy soldier who can’t shoot straight. Aston Martin is also about performance, which is fitting for a brand associated with a lethal British spy who likes to dress in tuxes.
And you won’t be disappointed with the performance. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in an amazing 4.5 seconds, which is a half-second faster than its previous model. Its top speed is even 13 mph faster than then previous model, and it now can reach 203 miles per hour. To put that in perspective, it’s like going from one football end zone to another every second.
That speed is in spite of the rather heavy curb weight of 4,387 pounds. And it’s possible because of the 552 horses and 457 pound-feet of torque offered by its 6-liter V12 engine. Meanwhile, the fuel economy is not actually bad, with 13 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
You can also credit the improved performance on the new rear-mounted ZF transaxle. It offers 8 speeds in the automatic transmission instead of the usual 6, with tighter gear spacing and a wider overall ratio. The engine management computer is also more sophisticated.
Drive it in everyday situations in the “normal” mode, and the shifts are quite responsive. It even reads your driver behavior and when you become more aggressive the shift pattern adjusts accordingly. Put it in “sport” mode and engage the paddles, and you’ll make it even more exciting, although the excellent brakes are guaranteed to keep things from getting too exciting.
Aston Martin cars always seem to promise a heady experience, and the Rapide S is no exception. This is truly what it means when you want to drive fast while encased in luxury and comfort. It may not be the most practical sedan ever, but then again it is a luxury car with sports car credentials. For some people, that’s the perfect kind of usefulness.
For more information about Aston Martin Rapide S, visit the official Aston Martin website.
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