Aston Martin Rapide Lives Up To Its Name, Does 173 MPH On The Autobahn
Aston Martin’s attempt to tackle the Porsche Panamera has never lived up to the expectations of senior Gaydon officials of the luxury V12. The full-size five-door model also had to take on the Mercedes CLS 63 before the boys and girls of Affalterbach replaced it with the more intense AMG GT 63 4-door coupe.
Poor fuel economy, narrow seats, extremely high price, poor ergonomics, and other issues plagued the Rapide. The combustion engine model had to be replaced with a fully electric version before Aston Martin disconnected the Rapide E. This new video shot on an unlimited section of the highway in Germany reminds us of the imperfect beauty of the DB9-based Rapide. was, and this is a rare opportunity to see him at full blast.
We’re dealing with an original Rapide rather than the hotter S and AMR derivatives that arrived later in the model’s unusually long lifecycle. Packing a 5.9-liter V12 linked to a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the Grand Rapide was among the fastest cars in the world to have four doors when it was released in 2010.
It had a top speed of 188 mph (303 km / h), which, although this relatively high mileage example could not achieve, 173 mph (278 km / h) is not a reason to sneeze considering the size and weight of the car. It’s not every day that we get the chance to see a four-door Aston Martin with over 112,000 kilometers (nearly 70,000 miles) on the odometer, going full blast on a public road without breaking any law. Seeing the needle of an analog speedometer rise from 0 to nearly 280 km / h is becoming increasingly rare, with fully digital instrument clusters taking over in almost every segment of the market.
The long-awaited DBX now takes on the role of Aston Martin’s family model in a hungry SUV market that has negatively impacted sedan sales. Despite its flaws, the Rapide remains an incredibly beautiful car and decently fast, not to mention a bargain in the used car market compared to its original price.