Review: 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2014 Aston Rapide S

The penultimate set of bends the road course at Atlanta Park, located in God’s own about an hour outside of the big is a serpentine testament to all of the things make motoring exciting. speeds approach quickly. The start line quickly a blurred memory.

Warm grip the tarmac as beads of mount for the upcoming lap.

down the track’s final – the only section of the track of sharp changes in camber and – induces a childlike sense of not unlike that of being by a sled down a steep, hill. In an ordinary beater, nothing more fun than the limits of grip and adhesion. the track day chariot is the latest of Aston Martin’s six-figure the 550-horsepower Rapide S, clenched and white knuckles are mandatory to the dopiest of grins.

The opportunity to try out the brand’s revised coupe on a private, purpose-built invited a unique opportunity to the Rapide S in a way that only a of owners might. A crowded, mall parking lot might been a more realistic of the Rapide S’s workaday capabilities, but on the track was to demonstrate the most upgrades to last year’s

Key among them is an increase of 80 and 14 lb-ft. of torque, which an unnecessary but welcome bump to the V-12’s already massive The last time anyone to buy six liters of anything this Mayor Bloomberg made it

Along the bends of AMP, power translated to delightfully forward motion, delivered via a six-speed automatic gearbox. The and transmission pairing, devoid of the of a dual-clutch transmission, was smooth and Well-heeled buyers will be swayed by the ease and relative of operation as well as the symphonic of snaps, crackles, and pops the exhaust pipe – the humble of a less than subtle

Aston Martin claim the Rapide S has a near-perfect weight and it showed, while hurtling a sedan along the undulating of the track. Roll and dive neatly controlled and maintained, in tight spots, and the adjustable was useful in soaking up what few lay in the tarmac. For those who will use Rapide S on runs to high-end stores, Comfort mode the damping to allow the big Aston to over the pavement; in Track the adaptive shocks hunker the S down.

On the track, the Rapide S handled Remember that straightaway a couple of paragraphs ago? In other high-performance sedans, the mass and proportions would owners from attending a day designed to toss them and plow, head-first, toward a wall.

The shared roots of the DB9 are here, especially in Track Be advised that turning Mode off is a good idea for daily commute, lest you your latte all over Incotex trousers.

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The most noticeable difference is the one most drivers will see in rear-view mirrors: a restyled grille that now comprises a one-piece unit. The new grille is fitting, regardless of the disapproving of armchair journalists and jaded purchasers. Without pretense, generation of Aston Martins, the V8 Vantage to the Vanquish, exudes the Rapide S is no different, and continues to with elegant character that sweep from the bumpers to the rear hip lines.

The receives minimal changes. The hand-stitched, white glove-treated of the outgoing model is retained, with the navigation system is frustrating to operate The button-laden stack, and standard Bang and sound system also around. The entire cabin of a well-treated baseball glove, and not fits the driver and three like one.

Much has already been about the rear bucket and entry into them and from them. Put simply, are more than sufficient for trips, even for full-size But buyers in this luxury have other options, if takes precedence over namely the Bentley Flying and the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

And that’s the message driven home by the S: no amount of thrust was sublimated for the of driver and passenger comfort. It a unique balance of sportiness and in a segment ramping up, once thanks to signs of an improving

On and off the track, the sound and the fury of the will make happy fall in love with the S on a regular basis. Bolstered by the complement of luxury, and wrapped in a cocktail dress, the Rapide S the rare case of being all to all people — if those people are a few.

Disclaimer: Aston provided flights, meals and to and from the Atlanta track

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