Beautifully designed; seductive styling; V12 power; agile handling.
Pricier; slower unlike rivals; tight rearseat.
2012 Aston Martin Rapide is a high performance ultraluxury four-door sports sedan that offers space for up to four passengers. The idea of a sleek four-door sportscar is nearly as attractive as the 2012 Rapide is itself. Designing and engineering the Rapide is moving from Austria to England. As for the vehicle, it gains an easier to operate, new navigation system for 2012. It is considered to be one of the most stylish 4-door sportscar of the world, which exists in a segment of its own – a striking evolution of the company’s unmistakable design language, accommodating four passengers in luxury, yet offering the supreme refinement and sensational sportscar performance that are synonymous with all Aston Martin models. Characterized by their timeless elegance and beauty, Aston Martins are quite famous for being the most beautiful vehicles in the world. True to form, the all new Rapide is a breathtakingly beautiful 4-door sportscar. Designed and engineered for maintaining purity of vision and proportion, and demonstrating supreme balance and elegance, it looks striking from every angle.
The Aston Martin Rapide is basically a high-performance 4-door sports sedan designed, developed and launched in the year 2010 by British luxury brand Aston Martin. It was originally showcased a concept vehicle in the year 2006 at North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Rapide name is a reference to Lagonda Rapide, a sedan designed by Lagonda, now part of the British automaker. It’s based on Aston Martin DB9 and the base price for Rapide is $199,950. The first vehicles were rolled out in 2010. The Rapide is built at a dedicated facility at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. Production started in 2010 and the factory plans to build 2000 annually. The concept car version featured LED light bars on the rear end and a full-length glass roof, two firsts for Aston Martin. The glass roof wasn’t carried through to production.
The Aston Martin Rapide is a spiritual successor to Aston Martin Lagonda, the automaker’s previous 4-door saloon that was discontinued in the year 1989 before the introduction of Rapide. For convenience and luxury, its standard features include bi-xenon headlamps, LED taillamps and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Walnut and leather trim are standard with metallic accents; Bluetooth; power front seats with cooling, heating and memory; USB and iPod connectivity and satellite radio (US version only). The Rapide comes standard with a 16 speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system with two which rise from the dashboard on activation of system.
The stylish 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is luxurious yet functional and offers space for up to four passengers fused with an engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martin vehicles. As the brand’s first production 4-door sportscar, it summarizes core values of Beauty, Soul and Power; 4 ‘swan wing’ doors offer access to cosseting sports seats both rear and front bequeathing passengers with ample accommodation. A 301 litre luggage compartment affords generous space for belongings for all 4 passengers whether they be sports bags or indeed, sets of skis, creating an Aston Martin that can be enjoyed on any occasion, anywhere, anytime.
The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is a superlative sporting vehicle integrating elegance, innovation and heritage and is an expression of the pure emotion and passion which underpins the Aston Martin brand. Hand built to the highest standards, the legendary Rapide redefines the sporting grand tourer. An Aston Martin is engineered to sharpen the senses, extracting every grain of texture from the road surface, while offering unrivalled driver involvement and feedback. Yet when situations preclude spirited driving, an Aston Martin adopts a relaxing, restrained character, its massive reserves of power and torque combining with the uniquely cosseting interior to envelop both driver and passengers in the Aston Martin experience.
From every angle, the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide presents a harmonious composition with an intrinsic implication of ability. Aston Martin’s design team works with raw clay models as well as advanced computer modeling, and it is through the feel of real material and physical surfaces that the company’s unique sculptural design language is honed and developed. Aston Martin set out to create the world’s most beautiful four-door sports car. The result was the Rapide Concept, revealed to the world at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006. That vision has been translated faithfully into the production Rapide. Created by a team headed by Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman, the Rapide has been designed to look breathtakingly beautiful from every angle, displaying a purity of proportion and balance that is characteristic of the marque. It is a pure piece of Aston Martin design.
The Rapide bears a strong family resemblance to its two-door siblings, all of them sharing a taut muscularity and a finessed surface language. Despite its larger size, the Rapide’s length and height have been carefully increased to ensure the fundamental proportions are unaltered, and the silhouette remains instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin. As befits its sports touring capabilities, the Rapide can be seen as a lithe, long-distance runner or a powerful, thoroughbred race horse, its sleek silhouette implying endurance, stamina and speed.
The Aston Martin Rapide is a milestone model for Aston Martin, bringing the company’s values to a whole new audience. A superlative sporting coupe incorporating heritage, elegance and innovation, the Rapide is a versatile machine which expresses the pure emotion and passion underpinning the Aston Martin marque, while continuing its design and engineering DNA. A highly bespoke four-door sports car constructed to exacting standards, the Rapide redefines the sporting grand tourer. Proof that the most enjoyable way of getting between two points isn’t always a straight line, every journey in an Aston Martin is an occasion. The Aston Martin Rapide continues the company’s tradition of emotionally engaging design: it is a uniquely personal sports car that brings together cutting-edge modernity and traditional skills, as well as customizing that technology and craftsmanship to the customer’s precise requirements, the Rapide like every Aston Martin is also reliable, ergonomically practical and efficient.
Aston Martin is situated in Gaydon, Warwickshire in England, and this is where the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide will be conscientiously designed and engineered together with DB9 sport coupe with which it shares much of its structure and an engine. Beginning as a concept vehicle just a few years ago, it has quickly become a halo car for the revolutionary automaker. Using an extruded aluminum, cutting edge chassis bonded to aluminum and composite skin, the thoroughly contemporary Rapide is designed to exacting norms. Endowing a four-passenger sedan with sensations and talents of a sportscar has been a lofty mission many automobile manufacturers have attempted but few have accomplished.
As a grand touring machine, the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is equally capable of comfortably putting down hundreds of miles in a sitting with all the amenities and comforts expected in this segment. A navigation system, an adjustable suspension and a high-end sound system are only the tip of the iceberg. Some concessions to interior space were made, nonetheless, in the name of its immediately recognizable exterior shape. Though rivals like the Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG or Jaguar XJ Supersport sacrifice practicality in favor of performance and style, the Rapide’s rear passenger accommodations and limited outward visibility go even further. While rear leg and head room are simply sufficient, the large tunnel consisting a carbon fiber driveshaft leaves the hip and foot room of both back bucket seats very limited.
On the whole, we are pretty smitten with the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide’s exacting craftsmanship, unique nexus of old-world style, comfort, agility and modern manufacturing techniques.
Variants, Body Types and Features
The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide is a four-passenger four-door sedan with a hatchback style trunk. Standard features include driver adjustable adaptive dampers, 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlamps, a limited-slip differential, front and rear automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, heated front and rear seats, power front seats with memory functions, an auto dimming rearview mirror, a full leather interior, a new Garmin based navigation system, a Bang & Olufsen 15-speaker surround sound system with an iPod/USB audio interface, a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth.
Besides or replacing the above, the Rapide Luxe gains standard ventilated front and rear seats, different wheels, glass switchgear, a secondary glass-trimmed key fob, a 6-piece custom-fit luggage set which matches the interior leather, special paint and leather colors and a rear seat entertainment system. Other than the switchgear, all of Luxe features are offered on the standard Rapide.
The rearview camera is also optional. As you would expect, there is a rather large selection of colors to choose from, plus you can request any paint code Aston Martin or any other manufacturer has ever used. There are also numerous interior leather hues and trim types available. Our favorite option: We know of no other automaker that provides a wristwatch transponder which replaces the remote key fob. Certainly, Aston Martin teamed with Swiss Jaeger-LeCoultre for this pricey James Bond inspired accessory.