Aston Martin Rapide S: Supreme Luxury Cruiser | MHH International
This elegant four-seat, five-metre long car has crisp, clean lines and a purity of proportion, combined a sleek stance ensure tremendous presence as is to be expected from Aston Martin. It’s as fast as it looks. The car offers the essence of the legendary name but in a more spacious but no less sporting or beautiful package.
It’s testament to the original concept that the Rapide S has matured in a few short years into something compelling; hugely desirable, immensely capable and reassuringly expensive, it juxtaposes incredible performance with space, style and luxury. Four-door sports car anyone?
Engineered To Perfection
At the heart of this car is a naturally-aspirated 6.0L V12 engine. No trendy turbocharger here. Tuned for a broad spread of performance, the Rapide S, has ample torque available from just 2500rpm for effortless overtaking response. The V12 also sits as low as possible in the chassis for a centre of gravity more akin to a pure sports car than a luxurious passenger saloon. It makes a wondrous noise and goes hard on demand.
This epic engine is matched to an eight-speed gearbox that delivers swift, smooth shifts and there’s plenty to enjoy in the quick and near-seamless shift quality. Sporting drivers will revel in the truly comprehensive selection of available driving features such as ‘Drive’ and ‘Drive Sport’ modes along with ‘Paddle Shift’ and ‘Paddle Shift Sport’ and Adaptive Drive Recognition options for more engaging, sporting, shift control.
Comfort & handling
As befits the more sporting nature of the Aston Martin Rapide S the vehicle benefits from Aston Martin’s hi-tech Adaptive Damping System and Dynamic Stability Control which both offer various distinct settings: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’, plus variants, with the character of each specifically tuned for the opportunity allows.
It’s an Aston Martin so the use of authentic materials throughout the interior ensures that what looks like metal, wood, leather or glass is just that. The result is a beautiful and tactile interior that delights both driver and passengers. Welcome to the world of fine quality and exceptional comfort.
As should be expected AM customers can create a car precisely tailored to their specific style. The optional Carbon Exterior Pack, for instance, immediately dials up the Rapide’s sporting attitude. Likewise, duotone perforated red and black leather accentuates the car’s more dynamic character.
Further, for those looking for more pronounced luxury, the piano black interior pack adds a deep, rich, mirror-like shine to the facia, transmission tunnel centre plate and door handles and a darker surround to the instrument binnacle and steering wheel.
There are carefully tuned NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) qualities to ensure road and wind noise is minimised, while the delicious sound of the V12 engine can be enjoyed to the full, either as a mellow accompaniment or rousing soundtrack depending upon your mood and whether or not the driver elects to activate the sports exhaust.
It Takes Luggage Too
Practicality is not a quality you would normally associate with a genuine 200+mph car, but the Rapide S offers exceptional flexibility. All four seats are capable of accommodating adults in a uniquely sporting setting, whilst folding down the rear seats at the touch of a button almost triples the available load space.
In a world where cars can become like jewellery, The British-made Aston Martin Rapide S is the ultimate in luxury and personalisation whilst retaining those powerful, sporting traditions we love.