2015 Aston Martin Rapide S

A rapide V-12 British 4-door sports car.

  • Likes
  • Design
  • power
  • handling
  • Dislikes
  • cramped rear seat
  • limited trunk space
  • rear visibility

A stylish and luxurious 4-door sports car, the Aston Martin Rapide S is both powerful and head-turning. With a 552-horsepower V12 channeled through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2015 Rapide S lives up to its name, sprinting to 60 mph in a claimed 4.2 seconds and continuing to pull past 200 mph. The first-class interior is covered in fine leather and jewel-like accents, the front seats are comfortable and supportive and the sound system is excellent.

But if you care more about the stereo than the sound of the Aston Martin V12, you may be in the wrong car. Using relatively old tech, no turbos or hybridization here, the 6.0-liter engine makes 552 glorious horsepower at 6750 rpm. Part of the joy of such a motor is simply listening to it wind out toward redline. A long, open country road, a windbreak of poplar trees, these are the dreams of the Rapide S.

Being a British near-supercar, the Rapide S of course has its idiosyncrasies. Call it "character." Who needs outward visibility, after all, when you can look at the acres of leather and suede trim which surround you in the Rapide S? Who needs to quickly change from reverse to drive when you can do so with beautiful dash-mounted buttons that look like they belong in Willy Wonka's elevator?

And buyers of a $200,000 plus car are unlikely to be seriously put out by the Rapide's 13.2 mpg average. Our midnight blue exotic car with sand interior certainly gave us a glimpse into automobile royalty with firm behavior that would not preclude us from recommending it as a daily driver. The Aston Martin Rapide S remains easy enough to maneuver in the city and makes a great road car, the perfect 2-seater with a lot more capacity than your standard exotic for a romantic weekend getaway.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/unlimited mile basic warranty; three-year/unlimited mile powertrain warranty; ten-year/unlimited mile corrosion perforation warranty; three-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $202,775

As Tested: $202,775

  • 13 / 21 mpg
  • EPA
  • 4.2 sec
  • 0-60
  • 552 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 203 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 6.0-liter V12
  • Horsepower: 552 hp
  • Torque: 465
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,450 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 117.7 in
  • Length: 197.6 in
  • Width: 75.9 in
  • Height: 53.5 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel vented discs with fixed calipers
  • Suspension: 4-wheel double wishbone
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 4.2 sec
  • Top Speed: 203 mph
  • EPA City: 13 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 21 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Not Rated

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