Aston Martin Rapide Review

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 03:16

Not sure what exactly made supercar makers like Porsche and Aston Martin to think of making four-door super saloons, but we’re mighty glad they did becasue they are just awesome cars!

And our most favourite super sedan of all is the Aston Martin Rapide. The car has been in the works for many many years but it finally came out last year to take on Porsche Panamera. It might be a four-door sedan but it’s a DB9-based supercar underneath with an exquisite design on the top.

It is the most expensive choice in this segment, but you have to accept the fact that a big chunk of it is due to the Aston badge.

The Rapide being a supercar makes  it more exciting to drive as well, but that also means it’s a bit less comfortable than rivals. Still, with 301 litre luggage compartment affords generous space for belongings for all four passengers whether they be sports bags or indeed, sets of skis, creating an Aston Martin which can be enjoyed on any occasion, anytime, anywhere.

And whenever you decided you need some fun, the car’s hand-built 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 470 bhp (477 PS / 350 kW) with peak power being delivered at 6000 rpm and 600 Nm (443 lbft) peak torque at 5000 rpm becomes handy! It goes like a stabbed rat and sounds glorious.  That’s what makes driving a Rapide more enjoyable than the Panamera.

The engine is mated to a specifically tuned six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission, allowing the driver to change gear automatically or manually via the steering column-mounted magnesium paddles.

The Aston Martin Rapide features Bang & Olufsen’s acclaimed audio system, developed in close collaboration with Aston Martin to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction is achieved within the cabin environment. Twin DVD screens integrated into the front seats provide entertainment for the rear passengers, giving them the opportunity to watch a film or create their own personal soundtrack to accompany the drive. When music is shared, Bang & Olufsen’s signature motorised tweeters rise from either side of the Aston Martin Rapide’s dashboard, helping disperse the sound crisply and precisely throughout the length of the cabin.

We love Aston Martin Rapide! Yes, the Germans offer better convenience, more power and speed and better value, but you have to realize this is not the car you buy with your head. You buy it with your heart, and at the end of the day, it is an Aston!

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