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Aston Martin Rapide

Review: 2011 Aston Rapide

The Pink Floyd came to be in the mid 1960s. A mish-mosh of from Sigma 6, The Spectrum and the Tea Set (as well as a bunch more names in between) came over a love of blues and and roll, to revolutionize the world. didn#8217;t know they doing so at the time, but Syd Barrett, Mason, Roger Waters, and Wright formed the basis for one of the amazing bands in history.

Syd had his issues, and the band had their with Syd. That the door for David Gilmour, and the Floyd Sound was honed the shining prism of space that transformed multiple of music fans.

Music grow up.

That doesn#8217;t however, that their need to change#8230; they can evolve . Listen to a few tracks The Piper at the Gates of Dawn . and listen to The Wall . You#8217;re albums that are vastly yet you#8217;re also hearing the and soul of Pink Floyd forth from your

The band is a product of the United just like a certain from Gaydon. Aston formed a lot earlier than Floyd, but it#8217;s product has remained true to a singular over the years. It#8217;s evolved.

Case in point is the 2011 Martin Rapide, a four-door sedan that boasts curves, an exclusive price and the sort of sounds that the senses.

Caution#8230; a lunatic is on the

This particular lunatic is a big fan of the green. No#8230; it#8217;s not In fact, it#8217;s 6.0-liter V12 pumps out 470 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of and is rated to return 13 miles per in the city.

No, this car is green it takes a … load of to buy one. $220,040 in fact, to buy the one you see The base price is $207,895, but my car features such options as a seat entertainment system, front and rear seats, and red brake calipers.

That be alarming though, because the standard price of admission in the playground. Everything else is but echoes in a larger pond.

Your money won#8217;t be in vain however. Scratch it will most certainly be a purchase, but the best kind of so long as you#8217;re eager to the heart and soul buried the aluminum and composite body.

A V12 is a thing, regardless of the engine bay in it#8217;s called into When placed between the fenders of the Rapide it represents Male aspirations, and presents immediately. All I have to do is push the and stainless-steel key emotional control into it#8217;s central-dashboard where it plays double-duty as the button.

A light turns the hairs on the back of my neck up, and all twelve cylinders are called to

Welcome my son, welcome to the

Once the engine is firing, merely a matter of a simple tug on the paddle, located just the smooth steering wheel. Then mash the thin pedal to the plush carpet, and the responds with sonorous and swift forward movement. The needles begin to sweep one moving clockwise while the swings counter-clockwise.

If I push tach needle too far towards the top of its the six-speed Touchtronic automatic stumbles before grabbing the gear. It doesn#8217;t like to at the limit of the rev range, but anything that and the unit clicks off changes rather rapidly.

The gearbox is mounted in the back, and the is, of course, up front under the hood. That means the curb weight is spread out 49 towards the nose and 51 percent out Essentially, the car is more than up to the of twisty canyon roads, highway maneuvers, and empty parking-lot

Steering is responsive and feedback is Point the noise, press the and hold on for interstellar overdrive.

Aston Martin Rapide

At 4,000 pounds, the Rapide to be able to stop as well as it and turns. Thankfully, Aston has fitted its four door rather massive brakes front and rear. Six-piston clamp on to 15-inch front while four-piston units on to 14-inch rear rotors.

speed is easy, yet so is massive force, which makes for a and comfortable driver.

It#8217;s not just the driving that makes one comfortable in the though , as this is  an Aston product. The Rapide seats and each occupant gets own wonderfully sculpted throne. units would look at in a track car, but they#8217;re to serve the dual purpose of and support instead. Comfort, is, for the driver and front passenger at

Rear legroom is an abysmal 30.1-inches, is more than three less than the legroom in a Porsche Panamera. Anyone in sitting in the back better be flexible, and unafraid of the imposing that seems to come all the way to eye level.

The rear seat will be happy knowing not just numbing comfort up Aston Martin employs its infotainment system in the Rapide. I technology, and I enjoy fiddling buttons, menus, and various that are a part of the modern interior. I hated every of attempting to get the navigation, audio. and system to do what I wanted.

extremely counter-intuitive, and I found calling the first person in my (Hello again, Aaron when I merely wanted to set a radio station as a preset. a very sour note, with the cramped rear in an otherwise wonderful cabin.

Step outside of that however, and all is nearly forgotten. The Aston Martin Rapide is gorgeous.

It#8217;s unmistakably which means sculpted flow back gracefully the aggressive nose. When Martin engineers and designers got and brought this car to life, it was that they knew how to the family lines intact. In I may go so far as to say that this is the best-looking automobile on the planet.

The Aston Rapide is a stay-at-home supermodel makes grocery store in 20-inch heels, er, wheels.

I the Rapide, but I have to ask if it even sense for Aston Martin to a four-door? Of course it does. car isn#8217;t a logical choice, considering it costs over just to call those doors your own. it#8217;s not supposed  to be a logical The Rapide represents a great day for from such thoughts.

You could spend less and get the more competent Pamanera, or the more stately Bentley Spur. You could also about the same and get the more Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. The Porsche is the fun to drive of the bunch, the Bentley is an bespoke suit, and the S65 is a luxury assault weapon.

Still#8230; of those are an Aston Martin.

more to the Rapide than its V12, shapely skin, and the intercourse of its exhaust tones. that heavy key (it#8217;s a sorry Aston Martin) in the of your hand makes you like you#8217;re doing very right with life. Not because you have the to buy the Rapide, but because you#8217;ve to do so.

You#8217;re an international spy, a rock star, a celebrity, or just a person with hopes who wants to run like You#8217;re all of that in the Rapide, and a press of the throttle you can leave all of behind as well.

Hit the gas, and a cigar.

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