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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

    £66,995 £66,995

    Variant name:V12 ,Derivative:V12 ,Variant: V12 4dr Touchtronic Auto

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 27553 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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  • Aston Martin Rapide S Coupe

    £135,995 £135,995

    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 £515 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
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  • Aston Martin Rapide S

    £132,950 £132,950

    SOLD YEAR: 2016 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 2529 TRANSMISSION: Touchtronic III' 8-speed automatic POWER: 552 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0l V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Meteorite Silver ACCELERATION: 4.2s (0-60mph) 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 Exterior Mirrors •Positive Torque Control (PTC) •Powerfold Exterior Heated

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2529 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin RAPIDE

    £61,989 £61,989

    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 S

    £98,995 £98,995

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: V12 [552] Touchtronic III Auto Finished in Meteorite Silver Q special metallic with full Obsidian black leather interior OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR 20” Multi-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels Titanium bonnet and side-strake meshes Rear seat entertainment system to include two screens, 6 disc DVD player, auxiliary input, wireless headphones and remote control. Q Special metallic paint finish Privacy glass Silver contrast stitching Alarm upgrade Homelink garage opener Ventilated front and rear seats Auto dimming interior mirror Grey brake calipers Warm charcoal seat belts STANDARD FEATURES Black leather paddle shifters Piano black facia trim Satellite navigation Bluetooth connectivity Aston Martin interface Electric sports seats with memory Heated seats Front and rear parking assistance Bi Xenon headlights LED interior lighting Cruise control Tyre pressure monitoring Clear rear taillights Power fold exterior mirrors Tailors grey Alcantara headlining This stunning Rapide S offers 552bhp out of Aston Martin’s 6.0 V12 engine, allowing this 4 door grand tourer to hit 62mph in 4.4 seconds. This car is offered in outstanding condition with only 3600 miles covered by its 1 private owner. The car benefits from a full Aston Martin service history and the reassurance of Aston Martins manufacturer warranty until September 2018.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 3800 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide


    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 S

    £110,000 £110,000

    £110,000 YEAR: 2015 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 6973 TRANSMISSION: Touchtronic III' 8-speed automatic POWER: 552 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0l V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Ultramarine Black ACCELERATION: 6.2s (0-60 mph) MAX SPEED: 203 mph Standard Features •Adaptive Damping System (ADS) •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) •Front and rear parking sensors •Front occupant side airbags •Full-grain 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 exterior mirrors •Positive Torque Control (PTC) •Powerfold exterior heated mirrors •Premiu

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 6973 mi
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £64,500 £64,500

    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.

    • 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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