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Aston Martin Rapide Review

While no one can deny that the accompanying shots of the Aston Martin’s Rapide clearly show the car to be stunningly beautiful, its only when you see it in the metal for the first time, do you realise that the competition may as well pack up their tools and go home.

Aston Martin Rapide Review by Anthony Crawford:

Aston Martin Rapide Review – Part One

Day one – Valencia, Spain. Five years ago Aston Martin boss Ulrich Bez, told the six-foot plus Aston Martin Director of Design Marek Reichmann, that he wanted him to build the most beautiful four-door sports car in the world. That’s easier said than done, but if you know Ulrich Bez, you also know that he means what […]

Aston Martin Rapide Review – Part Two

Day 2 – Collect a spanking new Rapide from the City of Arts and Sciences and drive north to the picturesque mountain village of Alcudia del Veo Photos – Nick Dimbleby & David Shepherd I’m not sure what’s going on, but this is the second time my driving partner from South Africa’s Top Car Magazine, has ended […]

Aston Martin Rapide Review – Part Three

Drive to Lladro factory then south to the Albufera Lake area where rice is grown for Paella (pronounced Pa-ya), Spain’s national dish Even in the wet the Rapide proved that is was every bit the high-performance sports car that Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez […]

Aston Martin Rapide Video

A video showcasing the Aston Martin Rapide in motion.


Aston Martin Rapide Specifications:

Body

  • Four door body style with 4 individual seats
  • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure
  • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body
  • Extruded aluminium door side impact beams
  • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
  • LED rear lamps and side repeaters

Engine

  • All alloy quad overhead cam 48 valve 5935cc V12
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
  • Compression ratio 10.9:1
  • Max Power 350 kW (470 bhp / 477 PS) at 6000 rpm
  • Max Torque 600 Nm (443 lb ft) at 5000 rpm
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds; 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds
  • Max Speed 184 mph (296 km/h)

Transmission

  • Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
  • Limited slip differential

Wheels & Tyres

  • 20” alloy wheels
  • Front Bridgestone Potenza 245/40 R20
  • Rear Bridgestone Potenza 295/35 R20

Suspension

  • Front Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Rear Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Adaptive Damping System (ADS)

Brakes

  • Front Dual cast brake discs 390mm diameter with six piston calipers
  • Rear Dual cast brake discs 360mm diameter with four piston calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Electronic Park Brake (EPB)

Dimensions

  • Length 5019 mm
  • Width (including mirrors) 2140 mm
  • Height 1360 mm
  • Wheelbase 2989 mm
  • Fuel Capacity 90.5 litres
  • Kerb Weight 1950 kg






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