Aston Martin Rapide | All Revved Up with Aaron Borrill

22 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Aston Martin Rapide | All Revved Up with Aaron Borrill
Aston Martin Rapide

As a journalist, you often tend to the opportunity of driving really cars for granted, but every so a car comes along that you to appreciate what it is that you do for a The Aston Martin Rapide is finest vehicle, their model and a car so refined and composed it the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche look rather in comparison.

They say nothing the sound emitted by a V12 engine at tilt and I#8217;m going to to agree. After spending the part of three days the wheel of the Rapide, I think I to swallow my pride and take every defamatory remark ever made about cars.

The whole experience is a magical one – the is strewn in high-end trim and gadgets; things like the bezel glows red when you the key to start the engine and the Bang sound system is highlighted by turrets that ceremoniously up from the leather-clad dashboard.

Contrary to what people the Rapide is Aston Martin’s attempt at a four-door saloon the terribly styled and largely Lagonda of the ’70s and ’80s. The is essentially a DB9 with two extra and although it#8217;s 30cm and 140kg heavier, it handles with composure and grace – at its limit.

Like its rivals, the Rapide#8217;s body-clutching seats can comfortably four adults and the rear area is sprinkled with like DVD screens, climate buttons, auxiliary points, a of remote controls and earphones.

a conventional automatic gear the Rapide boasts an uncommon switch arrangement. Four marked P, N, R and D inhabit the dashboard with two buttons lining up on side of the ignition bezel.

As as the Rapide is a luxurious vehicle, also deceptively quick and be messed with. It#8217;s by a hand-built 6-litre V12 engine generates 350kW and 600Nm.

Even though it tips the at 1900kg, its gearbox, sport and sport mode ensure a fast 0-100km/h sprint of 5.2 seconds and if you keep your to the floor, you#8217;ll reach a top just shy of 300km/h (296km/h).

the rev needle sweeps over a set of valves in the exhaust system to free the loudest and most sound imaginable – a sound I my wife knew how to make, but if the gets a little too much, under 3000rpm will a peaceful trip.

Those affluent enough to the Rapide won#8217;t be interested its performance abilities. It#8217;s a geared toward those who acquired life-long success and want to drive themselves in traffic anymore; they#8217;d have someone else do for them – a job I#8217;d gladly for.

Aston Martin Rapide

As far as perfection goes, the is at the top of the pile – It#8217;s motoring It#8217;s not just the most car I#8217;ve ever driven, the prettiest by a mile. Make a hundred miles.

Price: R2 800 000

Engine: 6-litre V12


0-100km/h: 5.2 seconds

Top 296km/h

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