The 2011 Aston Martin Rapide is an unusual and exotic sports car. It is built to seat four with four doors, and you don't see that every day in this class of car. Aston Martin took its sexy DB9 and stretched it about 12 inches longer and 10 inches wider and still managed to have it look like a coupe and appear smaller than the larger Porsche Panamera.
The term ""four-door sports car"" almost seems like a joke, but the Rapide will not leave you laughing. Its agility, coupled with its comfort, make the Aston Martin Rapide a sophisticated sports car that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 5.9-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Rapide, Rapide Luxe
The Aston Martin Rapide is basically the same car in 2011 as it was in 2010. The only change is the introduction of a new Luxe edition, which incorporates major options, colors that were previously extra-charge, and a custom luggage set.
Aston Martin CEO, Ulrich Bez, declared the Rapide to be the only true four-door sports car in the world, but from some angles, you'd never know it. Sometimes it is hard to tell the Rapide is anything but a very attractive two-door coupe. Aston Martin is known for its beautifully stunning automobiles and the Rapide doesn't stray from that reputation. Sleek lines and sexy curves make this a car you'll want to drive or simply ride. The exterior is available in 25 colors.
As with all Aston Martins, luxury is the word that comes to mind when you look inside the cabin of one of these attractive, stylish cars. The 2011 Aston Martin is no exception to the rule. Nearly every surface is covered with leather and wood, alloy trim, and even sapphire crystal take care of covering the rest. Easy functioning buttons in conjunction with a central LCD screen make a user-friendly and attractive user interface. If only Aston would get its act together with its confusing, opposite direction spinning tachometer and speedometer. The small numbers make them difficult to use, but at least the car’s backup digital speedometer on the trip computer makes tracking your speed possible. But of those are small annoyances in the face of the car’s luxurious touches elsewhere.
To say that the driver's seat is comfortable seems inadequate. Taller drivers will be pleased to find plenty of legroom and headroom. The low-slung seating can feel more like a GT than a sedan. The backseat is also a bit small, but it is certainly adequate to take friends out to dinner and a show, even if one of the friends happens to be six-feet tall.
Among the leather appointments, you'll find Bluetooth® connectivity, a hard-drive-based navigation system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with a CD player, an iPod®/USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Aston Martin Rapide is rear-drive and powered by a 470 horsepower 5.9-liter, V-12 DOHC engine generating 443 lb-ft of torque. The Rapide will go from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. It feels confident on corners like a sports car should and it cruises smoothly down the highway. The automatic transmission is smooth as well, and steering is precise. The V-12 will make you smile as it purrs along.
There is a bit of a risk of high centering on curbs and driveways, but just being aware of the Aston Martin Rapide's underbody. The car’s chin spoiler should take care of this.
The Rapide is standardly equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, stability and traction control, front-side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Rapide: 13 mpg/19 mpg city/highway
- Beautiful styling
- Agile handling
- V-12 power
- Luxurious cabin
You Won't Like
- Slower than competitors
- Small backseat
- Navigation system
It truly lives up to the term, ""four-door sports car.""
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