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

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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

    £93,995 £93,995

    Variant name:S V12 ,Derivative:VH1 ,Variant: S Coupe

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 18763 mi
    • Engine size: 5.9
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  • Aston Martin Rapide |

    £64,850 £64,850

    Specification MAKE Aston Martin MODEL Rapide COLOUR Meteorite Silver with Sandstorm Hide YEAR 2011/11 MILEAGE 21100 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Aston Martin Rapide. Finished in Meteorite Silver with Sandstorm Hide. Supplied with our 12 month warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Electric Windows, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation System, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Electrically Adjustable Memory Front Seats, Heated Exterior Mirrors, CD Player, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Dynamic Stability Control, Bluetooth Connectivity, Tyre Pressure Control, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, i-Pod Connectivity, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Daytime Running Lights. OPTIONAL EXTRAS 20" 20 Spoke Silver Finish, Sports Seats, Rear Seat Entertainment, Ventilated Seats, Piano Black Facia. TRANSMISSION Touchtronic II ENGINE CAPACITY 5935 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 469 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 355 PRICE £64,850 Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE Aston Martin Rapide Submit Close Form Print vehicle details E-Mail to a friend × E-MAIL TO A FRIEND A

    • Mileage: 64850 mi
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £64,950 £64,950

    £64,950 YEAR: 2010 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 24484 TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed Touchtronic 2 Automatic POWER: 470 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 6.0 V12 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Meteorite Silver ACCELERATION: 5.0s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 183 mph Standard Features •1000W B&O Beosound Audio •20" alloy wheels – 20-spoke design •6 CD autochanger with MP3 device audio connection •Adaptive Damping System •Alarm and immobiliser •Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body •Auto-dimming rear view mirror •Automatic front and rear temperature control •Bluetooth telephone preparation •Cruise control •Dual Cast disc brakes with ABS •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •Dynamic stability control (DSC) •Electrically operated front seats •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Electronic Park Brake (EPB) •Emergency brake assist •Four-door body style with tailgate and 4 individual seats •Front and Rear parking sensors •Front occupant side airbags •Full leather interior •Hard Disc Satellite navigation system •Head protection airbags for front and rear occupants •Heated front and rear seats •Heated rear screen •Hydraulic brake assist (HBA) •Memory front seats and exterior mirrors •Powerfold mirrors •Single bi-xeno

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 24484 mi
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £59,900 £59,900

    Description Satellite Navigation System Bluetooth Phone Connection 1000W B&O BeoSound Audio System Integrated Apple i-Pod Connector Facia Trim - Piano Black Memory Front Seats Heated Front Seats Electric Lumber Support 6 CD Autochanger Front and Rear Parking Sensors Xenon Headlamps Adaptive Damping System (ADS) Alarm & Immobiliser Aston Martin Service History Aston Martin 12 Month Warranty Powerfold Mirrors Front arm rest with storage compartment Bright Finish Front Grille Climate Control Clear Rear Lamps Trip Computor Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Tyre Pressure Monitoring Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) HWM -Driving Delight Since 1938 www.hwmastonmartin.co.uk

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 22780 mi
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £59,950 £59,950

    £59,950 YEAR: 2010 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 16469 TRANSMISSION: 6-Speed Touchtronic 2 Automatic EXTERIOR COLOUR: Concours Blue INTERIOR COLOUR: Haze Blue with Cream Truffle Standard Features •Front occupant side airbags •Emergency brake assist •Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body •20" alloy wheels – 20-spoke design •Cruise control •Alarm and immobiliser •Automatic front and rear temperature control •1000W B&O Beosound Audio •Auto-dimming rear view mirror •Tyre pressure monitoring •Electrically operated front seats •Memory front seats and exterior mirrors •6 CD autochanger with MP3 device audio connection •Head protection airbags for front and rear occupants •Dynamic stability control (DSC) •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Four-door body style with tailgate and 4 individual seats •Adaptive Damping System •Heated front and rear seats •Full leather interior •Dual Cast disc brakes with ABS •Hydraulic brake assist (HBA) •Hard Disc Satellite navigation system •Trip computer •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •Bluetooth telephone preparation •Electronic Park Brake (EPB) •Heated rear screen •Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and dir

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 16469 mi
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  • Aston Martin Rapide S

    £129,950 £129,950

    SOLD YEAR: 2016 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 3475 TRANSMISSION: Touchtronic III' 8-speed automatic EXTERIOR COLOUR: Pentland Green INTERIOR COLOUR: Ivory Leather Standard Features •Cruise control •Heated front and rear seats •Trip computer •Traction Control (TC) •Satellite navigation system •AMi II Infotainment System •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Alarm and immobiliser •Full-grain leather interior •Positive Torque Control (PTC) •Memory front seats and exterior mirrors •Premium Audio System •Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators •Automatic front and rear temperature control •Auto-dimming rear view mirror •Dynamic stability control (DSC) •Auxiliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector •LED rear lamps and side repeaters •Powerfold exterior heated mirrors •Automatic Wipers •Dual Cast disc brakes with ABS •Electronic Park Brake (EPB) •Front and rear parking sensors •Electrically adjustable front seats •Adaptive Damping System (ADS) •Bluetooth® telephone preparation •Front occupant side airbags •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •Head protection airbags for front and rear occupants •Automatic Headlights

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 3475 mi
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £66,500 £66,500

    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
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £77,990 £77,990

    Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Memory Seats, Electric Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Bang & Olufsen, Satellite Navigation, Rear Entertainment System, Heated and Cooled Seats, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Full main dealer service history Aston Martin Rapide S 6.0 V12 Automatic registered May 2013 finished in Ceramic Grey with Full Black Leather interior, Aston Martin Warranty until May 2017, 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Audio System with ICEPower Technology with 6 CD Changer, Adaptive Damper System, Cruise Control, Rear Entertainment, 20 Inch Alloys, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Powerfold Door Mirrors, Electric Front Seats with Memory, Heated and Cooled Seats Throughout, Sports Suspension, Satellite Navigation, Dual Cast Disc Brakes with ABS, Automatic Xenon Headlamps and Wipers, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Soft Close Bootlid, Boot Mounted Umbrella, Dynamic Stability Control, Dual Stage Front Airbags, Suedecloth Headlining, Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel, Double Glazed Electric Windows, Tri Zone Climate Control, USB, iPod Connection, Tracker Fitted, Fitted Car Cover, Full Aston Martin Service History at Reading on 19/03/15 at 14,036 and 04/03/16 on 21,281. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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  • 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
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £94,993 £94,993

    Immobiliser, Alarm, Traction Control, Central Locking, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, CD Player, Satellite Navigation, Sports Seats, MP3 Player, Folding Rear Seats, Alloy wheels, Full service history ****ALL VEHICLES COME WITH A MINIMUM OF 6 MONTHS RAC WARRANTY, 12 MONTHS BREAKDOWN AND HOME START***** GP Cars are delighted to present for sale, SILVER, this stunning Rapide S finished in metallic silver with Obsidian Black hide and Sandstorm Carpet. The massive specification of this car includes;FULL SERVICE HISTORY, Piano Black Veneer, 20'' Alloy Wheels, Alarm Upgrade Volumetric & Tilt Sensors, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Ventilated Sports Seats, Touchtronic 3 Gear Box, Paddleshift Change, Electric windows, Air conditioning, Satellite navigation, Parking aid, DVD, MP3 player, CD player, Heated seats, Height adjustable driver's seat, Height adjustable passenger seat, Folding rear seats, Child seat points (Isofix system), Sports seats, Power steering, Steering wheel rake adjustment, Steering wheel reach adjustment, Cruise control, Traction control, Central locking, Alarm, Immobiliser, Driver's airbags, Side airbags, Passenger airbags, Power Assisted Steering (PAS), Trip Computer with Message Centre, Bi-Xenon Headlights with Headlight Washing System, LED Tail and Brake Lights, Electric Seats with Memory Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. This Rapide is HPI clear, we accept credit and debit card payments, we can organise competitive finance for you and we would be happy to take your current vehicle in as part exchange. Viewing by appointment only (KX64LFO), £94,993, If somebody replies with the e-mail address leontommy6gmail.com, pleas

    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    • Engine size: 6000
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £67,950 £67,950

    Bluetooth, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Bang & Olufsen We have the pleasure of presenting this exceptional Aston Martin Rapide V12. FULL Aston Martin Service History, Just Been 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.

    • Mileage: 19900 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £85,000 £85,000

    Bluetooth, Xenon Headlamps, Memory Seats, Electric Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Bang & Olufsen, Satellite Navigation, Rear Entertainment System, Heated and Cooled Seats, Powerfold Door Mirrors, Full main dealer service history Aston Martin Rapide S 6.0 V12 Automatic registered May 2013 finished in Ceramic Grey with Full Black Leather interior, 1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Audio System with ICEPower Technology with 6 CD Changer, Adaptive Damper System, Cruise Control, Rear Entertainment, 20 Inch Alloys, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Powerfold Door Mirrors, Electric Front Seats with Memory, Heated and Cooled Seats Throughout, Sports Suspension, Satellite Navigation, Dual Cast Disc Brakes with ABS, Automatic Xenon Headlamps and Wipers, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Soft Close Bootlid, Boot Mounted Umbrella, Dynamic Stability Control, Dual Stage Front Airbags, Suedecloth Headlining, Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel, Double Glazed Electric Windows, Tri Zone Climate Control, USB, iPod Connection, Tracker Fitted, Fitted Car Cover, Full Aston Martin Service History at Reading on 19/03/15 at 14,036 and 04/03/16 on 21,281. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
    For sale
  • Aston Martin Rapide

    £55,000 £55,000

    Bluetooth, Bang & Olufsen, REAR SEAT DVD, HEATED AND COOL SEATS, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Xenon Headlamps, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Immobiliser, Remote Alarm, day running lights, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Auto Lighting, Front Fog Lamps, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, multi media, Push Button Start, Headlamp Jetwash, UK Supplied, 20'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history ONE OWNER , FULL ASTON MARTIN SERVICE HISTORY , SEVEN SERVICES . IMMACULATE CONDITION . AMONGST THE VERY BEST . TO VEIW PLEASE CALL 01277 822 533 . MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION .

    • Mileage: 61667 mi
    • Engine size: 5935
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  • 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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