Review: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide – Businessweek

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Next, like you to forget the association you make with sedan and For their first real Aston Martin has wisely practicality to pretense and made the new Rapide as stunning as any sportscar it has built.

It’s a four-door for long as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class—but it’s also lower to the than a Ford Mustang, not a particularly roomy one.

coupe is how we’d describe it, but that doesn’t convey how and distinctive the Rapide is. What it up in usability, it pays back in appeal. There’s simply no sedan as stunning in profile as the Jaguar XJ? Far better this around, but no.

Maserati Quattroporte? More perhaps, but nowhere near as Porsche Panamera? Not even

The Aston is pure, concept-car-like—it much to modesty. There’s not badging nor much jewelry to its flanks. The glass sits with the body sides.

The door handles—on loan the closely related DB9 coupe—barely the taut skin of the aluminum

It’s so sleek, in darker you might even miss the cutlines. Don’t miss because when you do swing open, the Rapide has another trick up its sleeve. The swan doors hinge forward at 12 for an effect almost as stunning as an gullwing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

it takes them under its the Rapide coddles at least two of its with exquisite details. altogether more conventional the wheel, where the Rapide’s gauges wear metallic and the surrounding dash dons ash wood panels. A crystal-tipped key into the center of the dash, and buttons start the car and engage the

It’s all visually pleasing, down to the dozens of rectangular bars that work the controls. They look is exactly what you’ll be into other cars if you try to them out on the fly. The fussy system hides its LCD screen a dash flap and buries in a rotary wheel.

It takes a lot of to learn.

It doesn’t take to get comfortable in the front seats. The power forward or back, plenty of knee room and head room. The steering telescopes for a perfect fit.

The themselves are Recaro frames and snug and supportive, not binding as in a tightly wound sportscar.

My very first miles in the Rapide happened in the back it wasn’t pretty. For the quick ride from airport to I folded my right leg into the footwell, braced myself the wall of leather that divides the rear seats, and down for a tuck-and-roll that me with just inches of in front of my eyes, no knee to speak of, and contact between my and the headliner.

The rear-seat entertainment seatback screens helped—they me into forgetting my confinement. safe to say adults under and a half feet might it cozy enough, but anyone will want a taxi The rear seats are intended for use, Aston explains—which is why fold forward to give the a fairly large 26.5-cubic-foot space.

Behind the Wheel

It’s a but the Aston Rapide faces off a brace of luxury sedans higher top speeds and quicker mph times—not to mention much sticker prices.

Still, few the luscious balance of a big V-12 The Rapide’s 12-cylinder whirs until you provoke it. Then it and crackles with all the energy by its numbers—470 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of peak output at 6000 Hooked into the rear through a push-button, six-speed with paddle shifter, and the soars past 60 mph in about 5.2

A 500-horsepower Porsche Panamera the Rapide by almost two full but the Rapide’s 188-mph top speed far off the mark.

Smooth in its action, the six-speed, paddle-shifted automatic a little more authoritative Sport mode is engaged. mode does wonders for the almost languid mood: eat up miles with finessed, shifts and a well-damped ride Sport mode zaps it to quickens its shifts, tightens its suspension and boosts throttle BMW (BMWG ) has eight-speed automatics, and the has a beautifully executed dual-clutch

Either one would be a welcome

Grip and balance are what the does best. It doesn’t the exotic, all-wheel-drive traction of sedans, but its near-ideal weight and low center of mass make things redundant. As they do some angles, the rear just disappear at speed.

a long, 117-inch wheelbase and 20-inch tires, it can’t be nimble, but the Rapide doesn’t much of the DB9’s agility on the

Buy It or Bag It?

The 2010 Aston Martin ‘s a swell sedan for rich couples with children or small friends, or a existence. It has the kind of aesthetic that the same urban find in Apple products. And for it sacrifices spec-sheet bona for design harmony.

At $200,000, the Rapide comes the usual dose of luxury and Leather and walnut trim are So are power front seats memory and heating; Bluetooth; radio; and USB and iPod connectivity.

The accessory on the options list is the Bang Olufsen BeoSound with extraordinarily crisp delivered by tweeters that up from the dash like

If numbers are more important, have to consider the Porsche the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, and possibly a 612 Scaglietti. The Panamera has true capacity, and a roofline that for it. The S65 AMG is the closest V-12 competitor in and speed, but its styling is far more hit or

The Scaglietti? Spot-on for looks and room, though it has only two

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