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2013 Aston Martin Rapide Review
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The 2013 Aston Martin Rapide is a sedan that happens to be elegantly conformed to a body style that is akin to that of a coupe. The luxury maker first introduced the Rapide in 2010, and its latest incarnation is a subtly updated continuation of the ""practical"" entrant of the Aston Martin line. In truth, beneath its shimmering, envy-inspiring exterior, the Rapide is a sports car. Based on the company’s legendary DB9, the design of the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide is true to form, inside and out. The company slogan of Aston Martin is ""Power, Beauty, and Soul"" and the 2013 Rapide delivers on all fronts.
Available in two highly-desirable trim levels, the Aston Martin Rapide is sure to impress luxury-car buyers with its visually-striking appearance, lush interior, and robust performance. Aston Martin is an automaker that hinges its success upon exclusivity, and ownership of the 2013 Rapide is sure to inspire an air of superiority. The Rapide stands on the shoulders of the giant coupes of the maker’s past, but in doing so, manages to carve a new niche all on its own.
New For 2013
The 2013 Aston Martin Rapide receives several updates, primarily under the hood. New features and options for 2013 include:
- The 470-horsepower (hp) engine of the prior year is updated to well-over 500-hp in order to keep up with competition from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz
- Touchtronic 2 transmission is added
- Several new carbon fiber options are offered
- New carbon ceramic brakes
Like any Aston Martin, the 2013 Rapide is a beautiful sight to behold. At first glance, one might not notice the rear doors slyly integrated into the car’s design. Decidedly coupe-like, the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide features the sleek, stylish curves found in virtually all of its stable mates. The iconic, immediately identifiable front grille is present in the 2013 Rapide. The car’s headlamps take on an aggressive stance and are lined with LED sidelights. The four-door design is composed of aluminum and composite body panels. The Rapide features factory 20-inch painted alloy wheels that are optionally available in an array of popular finishes and spoke configurations. Other exterior options include custom-colored brake calipers and privacy glass.
Interior & Cargo
The stylish interior of the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide is everything it should be in a vehicle of its class. Leather upholstery is standard and each car can be fully-customized with a wide range of upholstery colors and contrast seam stitching. The futuristic interior is complete with an AM/FM/six-disc CD stereo outputting 1,000 watts, Bang & Olufsen premium speakers, Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary input, and USB connectivity. Power windows and door locks are standard amenities, along with cruise control, electric speed-proportional proportional steering, and a universal remote transmitter for opening garage doors and disabling alarm systems. Interior options include the embroidered Aston Martin brand or Rapide logo on headrests, the Rapide Smokers package, custom fascia trim, ventilated seats, and semi-Aniline leather.
In terms of space for passengers and cargo, the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide offers room for four, though the rear seating area does not offer quite as much legroom as one would expect of a vehicle in the price bracket of the Rapide. Trunk storage also suffers as a result Aston Martin’s attempt to squeeze four seats into a silhouette not unlike the iconic coupes in the company’s lineup.
Perhaps the most notable safety feature of the 2013 Rapide is its chassis and suspension, which are shared with the Aston Martin DB9. This design is known for its asphalt-hugging stability and low rollover rates. In the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale, a record-setting seven-roll vehicle rollover was filmed using a DB9. What moviegoers might not know is that the stunt drivers were unable to roll the vehicle without the help of a strategically-placed ramp and a large cannon-like jack fitted into the car, which struck the road surface and flipped the car. In addition to its shared suspension with the DB9, the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide offers four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and side-mounted airbags, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, engine mobilizer, stability control, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring.
The driving experience of the 2013 Aston Martin Rapide is one of comfort, class, and power. The thoroughly gorgeous cockpit encapsulates driver and passengers in a tight-handling, quiet ride with plenty of power when accelerating from zero to 60 mph. The 6.0-liter, 12-cylinder engine of the Rapide may be slightly outpaced by competitors from Germany, but is sufficient for any task expected of a sedan. The six-speed automatic transmission of the 2013 Rapide is very smooth. The Rapide’s excellent suspension makes motoring in urban settings as pleasant as travelling on winding country roads. Rivaled by few, the 2013 Rapide is the archetype of the Aston Martin brand while still managing to fit seating for four passengers, bringing the luxury brand to a new customer base: supercar lovers who need room for the whole family.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Aston-Martin Rapide
- Porsche Panamera
- Rolls Royce Phantom
- Fisker Karma
- Maserati Gran Turismo