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2015 Aston Martin Rapide

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/13/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Aston Martin Rapide is now equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous model year’s six-speed unit.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Aston Martin Rapide is a rear-drive high-end luxury sedan with seating for up to four passengers. It’s powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 552 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is acceptable for such a large car at 14/22 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Despite its two-ton curb weight, the Aston Martin Rapide accelerates with authority thanks to its powerful V-12 engine, which was revised for more power in the 2014 model year refresh. Throttle response and power delivery is linear and the engine note is distinctive when compared to its German rivals with turbocharged powertrains. Handling is also notable because its belies the car’s size. The car’s three-mode adjustable suspension enables it to take corners extremely well, especially when it’s in Track mode.

There are technically seats in the Rapide, but the rear accommodations are tight for averaged-sized adults and are best suited for short trips or, on long drives, for children. Customization is a strong point -- Aston Martin allows customers to personalize their cars to their liking with an extensive array of options such as two-tone interior upholsteries, more than a dozen exterior colors, six wheel designs, carbon-fiber exterior and piano-black interior trim, and multiple types of seating accents in more than 24 colors.

What We Think

For a ultra-premiumluxury sedan, the 2015 Aston Martin Rapide offers potent acceleration and excellent handling. In a 2014 First Test review, we said that with its exceptional performance, the Rapide is “a sports car first, sedan second.” Its driving dynamics rival that of high-performance machines such as the BMW M5, and the Rapide handles smaller than it actually is. However, despite having four seats, the rear positions are cramped even for average-sized adults. Additionally, the infotainment system and center stack controls are finicky and dated. Build quality isn’t up to par with the car’s price tag.

You’ll Like

  • Excellent handling for a large luxury sedan
  • Sweet-sounding V-12 engine
  • Wide range of ways to personalize the car

You Won’t Like

  • Tight rear seats
  • Build quality isn’t up to par with the car’s price tag of more than $200,000
  • Outdated infotainment system and finicky center stack controls

Key Competitors

  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • Mercedes-Maybach S600
  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • BMW 760Li
  • Lexus LS 600h L

Rating

3 star

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