Aston Martin Rapide ss

 aston martin rapide s

RAPIDE S SALOON - V12 [552] 4dr Touchtronic III Auto



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£149,500 

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The Aston Martin Rapide AMR gves brand loyalists four doors and enviable style. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
RAPIDE S SALOON
V12 [552] 4dr Touchtronic III Auto
PETROL
£149,500.00
RAPIDE S SALOON SPECIAL EDITION
V12 [565] Shadow Edition 4dr Touchtronic III Auto
PETROL
£152,000.00

Ten Second Review

The Aston Martin Rapide S is powered by a fantastic 6.0-litre V12 powerplant and backs that up with the fitment of a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, carefully tuned suspension, big brakes and smart electronics. The result is a Grand Tourer par excellence - and one that allows you to bring a couple of rear-seated adults along for the ride.

Background

Aston Martin's top brass, if they were allowed a moment of unfiltered candour, would probably admit they got the original Rapide wrong. Upon launch, the company claimed that it was a luxury limousine with sporting ability when required, but the truth of the matter was that there's just not enough space in the back seats for this car to measure up against luxury saloons. It was a sports car trying to be something it wasn't. And in this division, a sports car - whether it has two doors or four - needs proper power and presence. Aston better delivered with the restyled Rapide S in 2013 and the company subsequently went much further. With a whole host of engineering upgrades applied since the 'S' was originally launched, this model has really found its stride in this last AMR form. It's still small in the back, but now punches above its weight in other dynamic regards.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
300
CO2 (g/km)
332
CO2 (g/km)
300
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
12
Cylinder Layout
V12
Number of Valves
48
Camshaft
QUAD CAM
Fuel Delivery
INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Compression Ratio
10.9:1
Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
Gears
8 SPEED
CC
5935
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
89
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
79.5
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
14.5
EC Urban (mpg)
13.2
EC Urban (mpg)
14.5
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
31
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
28
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
31
EC Combined (mpg)
21.9
EC Combined (mpg)
19.9
EC Combined (mpg)
21.9
General
Coin Description
V12 [552]
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
10
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Badge Power
552
Badge Engine CC
6.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Generation Mark
1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
64
Engine Power - KW
412
Engine Power - KW
411
Engine Power - RPM
6650
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
465
Engine Torque - NM
630
Engine Torque - RPM
5500
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.4
Top Speed
203
Engine Power - BHP
552
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
295/35 R20
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
20" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
245/40 R20
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Wheel Style
10 SPOKE
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
2140
Height
1360
Length
5019
Width
1929
Wheelbase
2989
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1990
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
90.5
Gross Vehicle Weight
2410
No. of Seats
4
Max. Loading Weight
345
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
12.46
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Driving Experience

The legendary V12 now puts out 603PS and 630NM of torque, while a new quad exhaust ensures a raucous sound befitting of the AMR badge. This endows the big Aston the sort of pace to mix it with the real powerhouses of the division and more recent changes harness that power more effectively. In has come ZF's eight speed 8HP automatic gearbox, widely regarded as the best automatic transmission money can buy. Gearbox software changes make for a truly comprehensive selection of available driving features such as 'Drive' and 'Drive Sport' modes along with 'Paddle Shift' and 'Paddle Shift Sport' options for more engaging, sporting, shift control. The Rapide AMR also gets the latest Bosch Engine Management System, while a revised torque tube reduces transmission noise. The stability control has been retuned to suit the power deployment of the gearbox and the steering ECU has been tweaked to result in a more precise steering response. There are also uprated front brakes, a retuned brake booster and amended rear suspension bushes that are now 20 per cent stiffer than before. The Rapide AMR is still a serious performer, getting to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and it'll keep going to a breathtaking 203mph.

Design and Build

The Rapide AMR is an undeniably handsome thing and the current has benefitted from various detail changes that have kept it looking fresh. Outside there's a forged alloy wheel design, available in a variety of finishes, that saves almost seven kilos in weight. There are also various paint colour options including Diavalo Red, a shade once limited to the showstopping V12 Zagato. Inside, the cars get a seris of desirable leather trim colour options including the blue-black Dark Knight, and bold Fandango Pink. There's also the option of a Duotone leather seat finish in Sahara Tan and Vibrant Red, as well as a range of headlining options that mix quilting with the finest leathers or Alcantara. One thing that hasn't significantly changed is the amount of space inside the car. A six footer sitting behind another will have trouble slotting in without sitting splay-kneed. Additional practicality is delivered by the two rear seats that fold flat at the touch of a button.
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