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Aston Martin Rapide

by Jackson #8211;

Martins have always deceptive exotics. The word car#8221; conjures images of Italian sports cars sonorously along the high of race tracks and burbling high-dollar neighborhoods. Aston have traditionally been bulkier vehicles#8211;no less or sharp-edged in terms of performance, but not quite so delicate.

Like Aston Martin#8217;s history as a car#8221; injects a hint of grunt into the high-dollar, performance chassis.

Interestingly, the new Martin Rapide bucks trend, cleaving much to the dream-car aesthetic and feel of a exotic.

This is perhaps ironic, since the Rapide is a step away from exotic cars thanks to its doors. The Rapide is, after the first four-door Aston since 1989. With Porsche, Bentley and even all getting into the ultra-luxury sedan game, it#8217;s not a surprise to see that Aston has joined the club.

The Rapide offers transport for passengers, in ridiculous comfort and at speeds, should one be so inclined.

in 2006, the Rapide kept of its show-car looks during the from sketch to reality. The nose and grille are unmistakably pieces, but the smoothly wrapped is more delicate-looking than the Vantage.

The powerful Aston are there, but there#8217;s a watch-like to the familiar grille and shoulder that suggests a more vehicle than the typical Martin#8211;which is saying something, as typical Aston Martin all but #8220;genteel#8221; these days. The doors split the difference standard doors and the #8220;scissor#8221; favored by exoticars, rising at a angle to the body.

Aston calls them wing#8221; doors, and they#8217;re to avoid parking lot scuffing, as as looking cool. The body and are mostly aluminum and other metals and composites, keeping big car#8217;s weight to just two tons.

Step inside car, and you#8217;ll know the between a four-door coupe and a You sit low in the Rapide, and it feels almost that of a hand-built concept That#8217;s got a lot to do with Aston attention to detail.

The doors are finely sculpted, and the is slathered in a choice of eight materials in a way similar to what find on a concept car.

The upholstery is hand-stitched. A broad of your chosen material#8211;mahogany, bamboo or other trims#8211;and a console separate the driver and Handsome ambient lighting the mood elegant at night. passengers also get individual and a wide console.

The rear also fold flat, the Rapide to carry over cubic feet of cargo. The takes some introduction; the sapphire-crystal smartkey to the heated and seats, this is one of those that does everything a bit differently. The pushbuttons for gear are mounted in a row across the middle of the making it difficult to quickly a gear and go.

In addition to physical comfort, the also provides emotional in the form of a 1000-watt Bang sound system. A navigation satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard; a rear-seat entertainment is optional.

There#8217;s no excuse for an car to lack performance, and the Rapide not need to make excuses. powered by a hand-built 6.0 liter The powerplant uses quad cams and a four-valve layout for smooth V12 power delivery, and mounted far back in the chassis for handling. With 470 horsepower on the Rapide has the capability to be quite indeed.

Zero to sixty up in about five seconds, and reports a 188-mph top speed. The gets to the road via a six-speed transmission with a manual that#8217;s activated by steering paddles.

The structure underneath is no stranger to intent#8211;it#8217;s shared with the DB9 The Rapide is light-footed when the begins to bend, thanks to wishbones at all four corners. responsive, thanks to an engine that keeps most of the components close to the center of the

Anti-squat and anti-dive geometry is and active shocks are part of the as well. Traction and stability are standard, of course, and the Rapide is by big six-piston calipers at all four

This is more like a of jewelry than an automobile; Martin may have a performance similar to Bentley#8217;s, but the car doesn#8217;t like it would be happy driven at ten-tenths. In fact, the feels more like a car than a real, live, vehicle, even on the road. that#8217;s the point.

Aston Martin Rapide

All specs are for the Aston Martin Rapide.

197.6 in.

Width: 84.3 in.

53.5 in.


Curb 4387 lb.

Cargo space: cu.ft.

Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide
Aston Martin Rapide

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