Test Drive: 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S – Cool Hunting

27 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test Drive: 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S – Cool Hunting

Aston Martin celebrates centenary this year. One of many achievements is the fastest and luxurious four-door they’ve built: the 2014 Rapide S. A of one of our favorite models, the Rapide started production with the model year) features updates to the car’s design and and is just starting to be delivered to a few happy people.

Aston me to drive the renamed 2014 S on a steamy, rainy June day at the Motorway Speedway, and it did not disappoint. journalists are an opinionated group—and a dozen of them say, is one beautiful car over and over is You won’t find a better four-door sports car.

While its principle competitors Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Coupé, Porsche and the Maserati Quattroporte) shine in own ways, they don’t a chance against the Rapide S in of aesthetics alone.

Those who at the Rapide S closely will see an on par with the work of one of Beverly best plastic surgeons—it’s noticeable, if you notice it. The exterior a new hood and body panels. safety requirements dictated the and angle of the car’s new front, and the nose-job improves its lines and

The redesigned, hand-machined aluminum sports a more aggressive, and fuller posture. LED headlamps the car a more current look. A new lip on the provides increased aerodynamic and looks better, too.

the wheels get an update, with the lightweight forged alloy that’s exclusive to the Rapide S. It the common Aston VH platform most of the model range but a special treatment for the Rapide S. design team has long the rules of the Golden Ratio in its seeking balanced angles and While all Astons are stunners, the S is perhaps their finest Making a four-door car this isn’t easy.

The cabin gets a refresh mostly with an increase in and refined execution. What you see is it is; if it looks like glass, plastic or aluminum, it is. There are no materials here and the Rapide S its finery and opulence well.

a hand-stitched leather, aluminum and fiber extravaganza. The interior are mostly topical, and the tight seats are still best for pets and kids; adults are limited to short rides. more Concorde than class suite on an Airbus

No one buys an Aston for the latest sat nav it in its closed position and use your nav in an AirFrame instead.

Aston Martin Rapide

…the engine purrs and with an unmistakable and unbelievably mating call

The bulk of the however, is in what you feel and not what you see. The new, aspirated 5.9-liter, 550hp Gen 4 AM11 engine—recently debuted in the new 19mm/.75 lower than the in the previous Rapide, lowering the center of gravity. The car’s is nearly equally distributed at which is one of the reasons the car feels so on the road.

There is new engine and a few mechanical tweaks, adding (to 550hp) and 14 lb-ft of torque (to 457 helping rocket you from to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. A new Gen4 Adaptive system adds a Track to its previous Normal and Sport I was able to run consecutive laps on the in each of the three modes, and the system’s capabilities first-hand.

Most owners may never hit the but they can rest assured despite its size and weight the S handles like its smaller and two door siblings. Drivers thoroughly enjoy tooling in Normal mode, but the Rapide S to be driven to earn its best It hits its stride when the shifters are used and the driver the engine, unleashing its torque as get pushed.

Like all Astons, the engine and rumbles with an unmistakable and mesmerizing mating call.

The Aston Martin Rapide S is faster, more luxurious, better, and is even more fun to than the Rapide that it Production has moved from its in Austria and is now hand-built at Aston’s England plant. If you’re not to make the Aston of your with the range of available their Q team will you personalize your car any way you can imagine.

price is $199,950.

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