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Aston Martin Rapide: Buying guide and review (2010-present)

Aston Martin Rapide: Buying guide and review (2010-present) Classic and Performance Car
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Ulrich Bez always seemed to have one eye on what his old comrades at Porsche were up to. The V8 Vantage was positively laser-targeted at the 911, and when Porsche revealed it was launching a four-seat, five-door saloon, it didn’t take long for Aston to respond. The Panamera appeared in April 2009; less than a year later, in early 2010, the first Rapides were rolling out of a dedicated facility at the Magna Steyr factory in Austria.
 
Bez outsourced production because he envisaged annual sales of 2000 cars – far too many for Gaydon to cope with. In fact the Rapide never sold in anything like those numbers, and in 2012 production relocated to the UK. Indeed the Rapide is one of the rarest of modern Astons – according to howmanyleft.co.uk, only around 650 are currently registered in the UK (contrast with around 4000 Panameras).
 
Some were no doubt deterred by its relatively cramped rear seats and limited luggage space, others perhaps by the wilfully sporting character of its chassis and drivetrain. Aston always described it as a four-seater sports car, and it wasn’t kidding. Despite its extra length and weight, the Rapide was every bit as agile and involving as a DB9, with which it shared most of its underpinnings.
 
Which one to buy? 
 
At launch, the Rapide came with a 470bhp version of the familiar 5.9-litre V12, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transaxle gearbox with the option to shift manually via paddles – Touchtronic II in Aston-speak. The performance claims were 0-60mph in 5.2sec and a top speed of 188mph. 

In January 2013, the original car was replaced by the Rapide S. A deeper grille and new headlight treatment ramped-up the road presence; variable valve timing and new engine management lifted peak power to 550bhp, dropping the 0-60mph time to just 4.9sec.
 
Then, in late 2014, the S was given an extensive refresh, which included the latest – and rather brilliant – eight-speed Touchtronic III gearbox, along with tauter suspension and a host of detail refinements. Revised gearing and a small increase in power enabled Aston to claim a truly astonishing 203mph and 0-60 in just 4.2sec. More than ever, the Rapide was Aston’s four-seater sports car – and Panamera-beater.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine V12, 5935cc 
Power 470bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 443lb ft @ 5000rpm
Transmission Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive, LSD
0-60mph 5.2sec (claimed)
Top speed 188mph (claimed) 
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2989mm
Length 5019mm
Width 1929mm
Height 1360mm
Weight 1990kg
 
Common problems
 
• The Rapide is one of the best-sorted of all modern Astons, thanks to sharing so much with the DB9, whose teething problems had long been addressed. 

• That includes the V12 engine, which, provided it’s regularly serviced (in practice that means every year) and the oil level checked religiously, gives very few problems. 

• The only serious issues with the V12 over the years have been caused by oil starvation, but the Rapide appears not to be affected. It’s still worth trying a cold start, and listening for any noise from the bottom of the engine

• Similarly, where early V12s eat coil-packs, Rapides have the later, improved items. The only other thing to check for is timing cover oil leaks.

• All Rapides have a version of Touchtronic – a conventional torque-converter auto with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Most Rapides have a six-speed; the eight-speeder was introduced in 2014. 

• Specialist John McGurk says: ‘We’ve never had any issues with the auto, either on the Rapide or the DB9’. Make sure you try it in both modes, and check that the transmission is smooth and responsive on slow-speed take-up.

• The Rapide has adaptive damping (ADS) as standard. Check the dampers for leaks – replacements are getting on for a grand each – and during the road test make sure the different damping modes are clearly working.

• The same goes for the Sport button, which gives a more aggressive throttle response and quicker gearshifts. 

• It’s a heavy car (205kg heavier than the DB9) so it eats brakes and tyres for fun, and these don’t come cheap. So check how much life is left in them and budget – or haggle – accordingly. 

• The Rapide inherited much of the DB9’s bonded aluminium monocoque. Most of the bodywork is aluminium, too, and, contrary to popular belief, it does corrode – check for any signs of bubbling along panel edges. Much of the underside is covered, so we’d recommend paying a specialist for a full inspection. 

• Check all the toys work – replacements will be formidably expensive. Same goes for windows, central locking, seat adjustment, etc.

• Battery age and condition is important, as a poor battery can lead to electrical gremlins. If the owner has invested in a trickle-charger, that’s a good sign.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• amoc.org
• astonmartins.com
• mcgurk.com
• astonmartinworks.com
• hwmastonmartin.com
• used.astonmartin.com
 
Summary and prices
 
The Rapide, like many Astons, suffers from steep initial depreciation before values start to stabilise. Early examples (2010/11) are now reaching the point where that curve begins to flatten out. So if you buy wisely, avoid doing a huge mileage and pay meticulous attention to upkeep, you shouldn’t lose more than a few grand over a couple of years. Early cars (2010/11) with average to high miles start at around £55k, the best low-mileage examples are c£65k, and 2012 cars are from £70k. Rapide Ss start at c£80k, eight-speed cars £95k.
 
Words: Peter Tomalin/evo magazine
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Last updated: 17th May 2016
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  • Aston Martin Rapide S

    £59,900 £59,900

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: V12 4dr Touchtronic Rear Seat Entertainment 20" Alloy Wheels Satellite Navigation Bluetooth Reversing Camera B&O full Aston Martin Service History an Impeccable Example in the Best Colour Combination Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland is excited to offer for sale this beautifully presented Aston Martin Rapide S V12 4dr Touchtronic Auto. Finished in the best colour combination on the market today of Tungsten Silver with Truffle Leather Upholstery, Obsidian Black Carpets, Alcantara Head Lining and Piano Black Interior Inlays, This stunning example comes with a fantastic specification to include, Dual Screen Rear Seat Entertainment20" 10 Spoke Diamond Faced Alloy Wheels with Black Calipers, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Paddle Shift, Cruise Control, Climate Control, DAB Radio with ipod Connection and Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, Heated and Ventilated Electric Seats with Memory, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights, Xenon Headlights. Supplied with a full Aston martin service history completed on the 07/4/14 at 6642 miles, 08/1/15 at 20401 miles, 13/07/15 at 30073 miles, 14/03/16 at 40229 miles, all at Aston Martin Works Limited and again on the 15/03/17 at 50220 miles at Aston Martin JCT Leeds. Also had 4 Brand New Tyres Fitted by ourselves. Supplied with 3 keys and all its original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence all vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 53025 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £59,900 £59,900
    John Holland-John Holland
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £54,495 £54,495

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: V12 4dr Touchtronic Auto Here we have for sale a wonderful 2011 Aston Martin Rapide V12 4dr Touchtronic. The pinnacle of luxury, a V12 Powered 4 Door 4 Seater Sports Saloon vehicle. As well as providing extreme comfort it can also provide incredible performance with the 470 BHP V12 Engine managing 0-60mph in 5 Seconds. On the inside you will find this Rapide has Heated Front & Rear Seats, Rear Entertainment, Multi Functional Leather Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Paddleshift, FM Radio, Electronic Parking Brake, Crystal Key, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Trip Computer, Electric Windows, Electronic Adjusting Mirrors, Memory Seats, Lumbar Support, Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, Satellite Navigation, Reverse Parking Camera, Rapide Logo Embossed on Seats, Gloss Black Aston Martin Calipers, Xenon Projector Headlights, Dual Exhaust, Dual Camera Screen, Switchable Exhaust System. To discuss this wonderful car in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 34500 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £54,495 £54,495
  • Aston Martin Rapide V12 8 Speed Auto

    £106,990 £106,990

    Registered 2016(66) Mileage 2,731 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 21.9 mpg Registered 2016(66) Registration RK66ZFC Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption 21.9 mpg Tax Band M Tax Cost £535 Colour Blue Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Midnight Blue Doors 5 Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Hatchback Mileage 2,731 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options 1000W B&O BeoSound Audio System 4 Seats 20 Inch 10 Spoke Graphite DT Wheels Alarm and Immobiliser Alarm Upgrade Volumetric & Tilt Sensors Black Pedals Adaptive Damping System (ADS) Aston Martin Service History Privacy Glass 6 CD Autochanger Brake Calipers - Silver Black B&O Speakers Facia Trim - Piano Black Glass Switches Power Wash Headlamps Powerfold Mirrors Heated Rear Screen Fine Contrast Stitch Seatbelts - Warm Charcoal Traction Control (TC) Tyre Pressure Monitoring Xenon Headlamps Garmin Satellite Navigation Vent

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2731 mi
    For sale
    £106,990 £106,990
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    POA POA

    Black Hide with Silver Stitching Rapide Stitching to Headrests Piano Black Veneers Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Electric Memory Heated Seats Navigation Bang & Olufsen Sound Radio CD Multiplay with Ipod, USB & Aux In Bluetooth Telephone Rear Heated Seats Rear Entertainment Screens with Wireless Headsets Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 20″ Alloy Wheels Full Aston Martin Service History + Specialist.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 28300 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Aston Martin Rapide S Coupe

    £108,990 £108,990

    Registered 2016(66) Mileage 3,451 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 21.9 mpg Registered 2016(66) Registration LF66PPK Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption 21.9 mpg Tax Band M Tax Cost £535 Colour Silver Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Meteorite Silver Doors 5 Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Hatchback Mileage 3,451 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options Garmin Satellite Navigation Memory Front Seats Front and Rear Parking Sensors 20 Inch 10 Spoke Silver DT Wheels Front arm rest with storage compartment Xenon Headlamps Cruise Control Climate Control Facia Trim - Piano Black Alarm and Immobiliser Adaptive Damping System (ADS) Bluetooth Phone Connection Clear Rear Lamps Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror Alarm Upgrade Volumetric & Tilt Sensors Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra Powerfold Mirrors Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror Balance of Aston Martin Warranty Bright F

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 3451 mi
    For sale
    £108,990 £108,990
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £61,995 £61,995

    Cream Truffle Primary Hide Onyx Secondary Hide with Onyx Stitching Piano Black Veneers Electric Memory Heated Seats Multi Function Steering Wheel Cruise Control Navigation Radio CD with Ipod & USB Connection Bang & Olufsen 1000 w Sound Bluetooth Telephone Rear Entertainment with 2 x Wireless Headsets Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Front & Rear Parking Distance Control 22″ Revere Black Alloy Wheels Full Aston Martin Service History + 1 Specialist

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 18500 mi
    For sale
    £61,995 £61,995
  • Aston Martin Rapide S

    £84,950 £84,950

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: V12 [552] 4dr Touchtronic III Auto UK NATIONWIDE DELIVERY. Aston Martin Edinburgh present this 1 owner Rapide S finished in Onyx Black with Obsidian Black interior. This car comes with a full Aston Martin service history and was just serviced in October 2017. This fully approved Rapide S comes with the balance of manufacturer's warranty until September 2018. Contact our team for more information. Tailored finance packages available. Nationwide delivery available

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 17625 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
    £84,950 £84,950
  • Aston Martin Rapide S

    £134,950 £134,950

    £134,950 YEAR: 2017 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 1999 TRANSMISSION: 8-Speed Touchtronic 3 Automatic POWER: 552 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 litre V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Midnight Blue HB INTERIOR COLOUR: Winter Wheat Leather ACCELERATION: 4.2s (0-60 mph) MAX SPEED: 203 mph Standard Features • Alarm And Immobiliser • AMi II Infotainment System • Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror • Automatic Front And Rear Temperature Control • Automatic Headlights • Automatic Wipers • Auxiliary Audio Input Including Integrated Apple iPod® Connector • Bluetooth® Telephone Preparation • Boot-Mounted Umbrella • Cruise Control • Dual Cast Disc Brakes With ABS • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) • Electrically Adjustable Front Seats • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) • Electronic Park Brake (EPB) • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) • Four-Door Body Style With Tailgate And 4 Individual Seats • Front And Rear Parking Sensors • Front Occupant Side Airbags • Full Leather Interior • Head Protection Airbags For Front And Rear Occupants • Heated Front And Rear Seats • Heated Rear Screen • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) • LED Rear Lamps And Side Repeaters • Memory Front Seats And Ex

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 1999 mi
    For sale
    £134,950 £134,950
  • Aston Martin Rapide S Coupe 8 Speed Auto

    £85,490 £85,490

    Registered 2015(15) Mileage 12,256 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 19.9 mpg Registered 2015(15) Registration LB15AKK Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption 19.9 mpg Tax Band M Tax Cost £535 Colour Red Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Volcano Red Doors 5 Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Hatchback Mileage 12,256 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options 20 Inch 10 Spoke Gloss Black DT Wheels Integrated Apple i-Pod Connector Headrest Embroidery - Aston Martin Wings Heated and Ventilated Seats 2015 Model Year Facia Trim - Carbon Fibre Heated Front Screen Heated Rear Seats Heated Rear Screen Fine Contrast Stitch Adaptive Damping System (ADS) 1000W B&O BeoSound Audio System Front and Rear Parking Sensors Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) LED Rear Lamps Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Magnum Silver Meshes Memory Seats Powerfold Mirrors Lu

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 12256 mi
    For sale
    £85,490 £85,490
  • ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE 6.0 V12 TOUCHTRONIC - 1 OWNER - AM FSH

    £64,995 £64,995

    The Rapide's elegance and design appeals to the vast majority of the world. Without even having to drive the Rapide, you can instantly tell it is something else. Some cars have soul, some cars have power, some cars have character and some cars have beauty. The Rapide has it all. It offers close to supercar performance and there is handling to match, the big Aston essentially is a four-door version of the DB9 and comes in only one mechanical flavour, its 5.9-litre V12 serving a 183mph top speed, the 0-62 dash in 5.2 seconds. The gearbox is mounted to the rear of the car, producing a near perfect weight balance of 51:49. Computerised suspension control automatically alters settings to ensure maximum safety and lightening responses to changing road conditions and speeds. The luxurious interior includes hand-trimmed individual seats, personal face-level heating and air conditioning, and internet access in the back for when the kids get bored. The 1000 Watt BeoSound Rapide sound system was designed to work in the car's shape from the very start. Bang & Olufsen and Aston Martin worked together during the car's development phase to ensure that all 15 speakers had been optimally located th

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 11500 mi
    For sale
    £64,995 £64,995
  • ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE 6.0 V12 TOUCHTRONIC - BANG & OLUFSEN SOUND SYSTEM - AM FSH

    £59,995 £59,995

    The Rapide's elegance and design appeals to the vast majority of the world. Without even having to drive the Rapide, you can instantly tell it is something else. Some cars have soul, some cars have power, some cars have character and some cars have beauty. The Rapide has it all. It offers close to supercar performance and there is handling to match, the big Aston essentially is a four-door version of the DB9 and comes in only one mechanical flavour, its 5.9-litre V12 serving a 183mph top speed, the 0-62 dash in 5.2 seconds. The gearbox is mounted to the rear of the car, producing a near perfect weight balance of 51:49. Computerised suspension control automatically alters settings to ensure maximum safety and lightening responses to changing road conditions and speeds. The 1000 Watt BeoSound Rapide sound system was designed to work in the car's shape from the very start. Bang & Olufsen and Aston Martin worked together during the car's development phase to ensure that all 15 speakers had been optimally located throughout the cabin. You may not believe it, but so intricate is the sound system in the Rapide that it even makes use of seatbelt sensors to workout how many passengers are i

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 22500 mi
    For sale
    £59,995 £59,995
  • Aston Martin Rapide S

    £84,950 £84,950

    SOLD YEAR: 2014 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 10695 TRANSMISSION: 8-Speed Touchtronic 3 Automatic POWER: 560 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 litre V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Mariana Blue INTERIOR COLOUR: Dark Knight Leather ACCELERATION: 4.2s (0-60 mph) MAX SPEED: 203 mph Standard Features • 1000 W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower® technology including six-CD autochanger • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) • Alarm and immobiliser • Aluminium and composite body • Auto-dimming rear view mirror • Automatic front and rear temperature control • Automatic Headlights • Automatic Wipers • Auxilliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector • Bluetooth® telephone preparation • Boot-mounted umbrella • Cruise control • Dual Cast disc brakes with ABS • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags • Dynamic stability control (DSC) • Electrically adjustable front seats • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) • Electronic Park Brake (EPB) • Emergency brake assist (EBA) • Four-door body style with tailgate and 4 individual seats • Front and rear parking sensors • Front occupant side airbags • Full-grain leather interior • Head protection airbags for front and rear occupants • Heated fr

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 10695 mi
    For sale
    £84,950 £84,950
  • Aston Martin Rapide 6.0 V12 Touchtronic Auto

    £73,590 £73,590

    Registered 2013(07) Mileage 13,280 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption N/A Registered 2013(07) Registration AO07AMF Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption N/A Tax Band N/A Tax Cost N/A Colour Onyx Black Interior Trim N/A Exterior Colour Onyx Black Doors N/A Fuel Type Petrol Bodystyle Coupe Mileage 13,280 miles Engine Size 5.9 l Transmission Automatic MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. They are unlikely to represent real world efficiency. Left Right Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Warranty Technical Spec Tailor Your Finance Vehicle Features Fitted Options 20 Inch 10 Spoke Gloss Black DT Wheels Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats 2014 Model Year Full Aston Martin Service History Xenon Headlamps Brake Calipers Black Front and Rear Parking Sensors Adaptive Damping System (ADS) Climate Control Cruise Control Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Audio Powerfold Mirrors 6 CD Autochanger Headrest Embroidery - Aston Martin Wings Seat Belts - Flint Traction Control (TC) Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Tyre Pressure Monitoring Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 1

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 13280 mi
    For sale
    £73,590 £73,590