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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

    £56,950 £56,950

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: V12 4dr Touchtronic Auto Aston Martin Edinburgh present this 2010 Rapide finished in Onyx black with privacy glass and high gloss black 20 inch alloys. This high spec Rapide is fully Aston Martin approved and comes with 12 months warranty and 12 months MOT. Contact our team for more information, tailored finance packages available, nationwide delivery available

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 49598 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
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  • 2011 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE

    $86,000(£67,088.60) $86,000(£67,088.60)

    --Midnight Blue with All Tan leather interior and Tan Shadow carpeting, F1 style Touchtronic controlled through twin paddles mounted on the steering column, 14,000 miles from new. Factory options include: Silver Brake Calipers, Facia Trim - Tamo Ash, First Aid Kit, Touchtronic 2, Second Glass Key, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Seatbelts Warm Charcoal, Ventilated Seats, No Seat Embroidery, Sports Seat and Silver 20-Spoke Wheels. The power output is from a 6.0 liter, fuel injected, dual overhead camshaft, V-12 engine producing 470 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 443 lb. ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm. Performance is 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 184 mph. This Rapide is absolutely superb in every way and comes complete with original books, tools, extra keys and extra remotes.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 14000 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £56,995 £56,995

    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
  • 2010 (60) ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE PETROL Hatchback 5.9 V12 5DR Automatic

    £51,995 £51,995

    DESCRIPTION We are delighted to offer you this stunning example of the Aston Martin Rapide 2010 / 60 with the Touchtronic 2 Gearbox, in Onyx Black with Obsidian Black Interior, having covered 48,213 Miles by 1 Careful Owner from New. EXTERIOR The exterior is presented to you in Onyx Black with Black Brake Calipers which is in a great condition all around. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in Obsidian Black Leather with contrasting Silver Stitching throughout. Also in a great condition. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the Rapide is enhanced by the following options: Exterior in Onyx Black Obsidian Black Interior Trim Trim Stitching in Silver Headlining Inner in Tailors Grey Brake Calipers in Black Facia Trim in Piano Black Garage Door Opener Rear Seat Entertainment System Seatbelts in Warm Charcoal Seat Cooling Ventilated Seat Seat Embroidery Silver Rapide Logo Sports Seats 4 Seats Tail Lamp Finisher - Magnum Silver 20-Spoke Silver Finish HISTORY The Service History is as follows: 18/11/2011 - 6,624 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Stratstone, Stourbridge) 08/11/2012 - 15,512 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Stratstone, Stourbridge) 10/10/2013 - 21,285 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Stratstone, Stourbridge) 16/09/2014 - 29,664 Miles - Aston Martin Main Dealer (Stratstone, Stourbridge) 15/10/2015 - 41,478 Miles - Independent Aston Martin Specialists This vehicle will also have another service before purchase. The car is having new tyres fitted all around We have the original Owners Guide, 3 Keys. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663 777. Viewing strictly by appointment. The Aston Martin Rapide is a 4-door, high-performance sports saloon, which British luxury marque Aston Martin introduced in early 2010. It was first presented as a concept car at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in 2006 and the production version of the Rapide was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Rapide name is a reference to the Lagonda Rapide, a saloon car produced by Lagonda, now part of Aston Martin. The new Rapide is the company's first 4-door saloon since the Aston Martin Lagonda was discontinued in 1989. It is based on the Aston Martin DB9 and shares the same VH platform. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 48213 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide Coupe 6.0 Touchtronic 4 Door

    £89,700 £89,700

    Registered 2014 Mileage 5,330 miles Engine Size 5.9l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 19.0 mpg Registered 2014 Registration LB14EYO Previous Owners N/A Fuel Consumption 19.0 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 5,330 miles Engine Size 5.9l 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 Heated and Ventilated Seats Memory Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Electric Lumber Adjustment Adaptive Damping System (ADS) Alarm & Immobiliser Front and Rear Parking Sensors Full Aston Martin Service History Facia Trim - Full Length Piano Red Tyre Pressure Monitoring Aston Martin DAB Radio Cruise Control Climate Control Powerfold Mirrors Xenon Headlamps Power Wash Headlamps Aston Martin 12 Month Warranty Aston Martin Service History Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror Clear Rear Lamps Brigh

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 5330 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide S Coupe

    £129,950 £129,950

    Registered 2016 Mileage 2,180 miles Engine Size 5.9l Transmission Automatic Fuel Type Petrol Fuel Consumption 21.9 mpg Registered 2016 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 2,180 miles Engine Size 5.9l 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 Finish Fron

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2180 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin RAPIDE

    £57,989 £57,989

    4 Seats, Factory Rear Screen Entertainment, Garage Door Opener, Climate Control, Ventilated Sports Seats with Embroidered Logo, Piano Black Wood, Grey Calipers and 20 Spoke Diamond Cut Alloys. Full Aston Martin Service History inc Recent Service. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Kenny 07875 539530 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 36000 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide

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    Aston Martin Rapide for sale – NEW PRICE REDUCTION 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

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £63,500 £63,500

    Bluetooth, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Bang & Olufsen Boss Motor Company have the pleasure of presenting this exceptional 2012/12 Aston Martin Rapide V12. FULL Aston Martin Service History, JUST ASTON MARTIN SERVICED. Finished in Meteorite Silver with Full Lords Red Hide stitched in Raven Black, Ivory Headlining and Obsidian Black Carpets. Factory Fitted Options Include: Facia Trim-Full Length Piano Black, Bang and Olufsen Sounds, Aston Martin Navigation, Reverse Camera, Rear Seat Entertainment System,Ventilated Seats, Sports Seats, Red Brake Calipers, Alarm Upgrade Volumetric & Tilt Sensors, Garage Door Opener, 20'' Multispoke Gloss Black Diamond Turned Alloy Wheels, Front and Rear Park Distance Control. - VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - PART EXCHANGE WELCOME- FINANCE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR WEBSITE - 6 MONTHS RAC WARRANTY

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £95,950 £95,950

    Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation, 1000-Watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Audio System, Leather Sports Steering Wheel, Electric Seats, Sports Seats, Memory Seats & Exterior Mirrors, Powerfold Exterior Heated Mirrors, Heated Front Seats, Heated Rear Screen, Automatic Temperature Control, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Auto-Dimming Interior Rear-View Mirror, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Alarm & Immobiliser, Remote-Control Central Door Locking & Boot Release, Glass ECU, iPod Connectivity Romans are proud to offer this stunning 2013/63 Aston Martin Rapide S for sale presented in 'Lightning Silver' with Obsidian Black Leather & Duotone Pure Black/Red Perforated Seats. This beautiful example comes with a fantastic specification and is supplied with Aston Martin manufacturer's warranty until October 2016.The Rapide S has a few key differences over the standard Rapide including 17% more power, 10% more torque, revised chassis, brand new larger front grille, new rear spoiler lip, new headlights and several other tweaks. The Rapide S combines sensational sports car performance, sumptuous luxury, supreme refinement and elegant convenience all in one compelling package.EXTRAS:20'' Multispoke Gloss Black Diamond Turned Alloys, Red Brake Calipers, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Ventilated Seats, Red Duotone Perforated Leather Door Inserts, Piano Black Facia Trim, Garage Door Opener, Exceptional Example!

    • Mileage: 4500 mi
    • Engine size: 5900
    For sale
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