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2012 Aston Martin Rapide Luxury

2012 Aston Martin Rapide Review

(0 Stars)  The world's most beautiful four-door.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
Concept cars typically lose a large portion of their sex appeal as they move from the auto show floor to the dealer showroom. That was not the case for the Rapide, which is every bit as visually arresting as the original concept. Aston Martin's svelte four-door makes its most obvious competitor, the Porsche Panamera, look bloated and fat. The trade-off for that sensual sheetmetal is that rear-seat passengers have to limbo under the low roofline, squeeze through a small door opening, and fold themselves into a cramped back seat. The Rapide is powered by the same 470-hp, 5.9-liter V-12 found in the DB9. The engine doesn't sound especially melodic from inside the car, but it's loud enough outside to startle pedestrians with a prod of the throttle, and it's capable of launching the Rapide to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds. A genuine sports car, the Rapide pummels roads with ferocious speeds and can reach 184 mph. Like other Astons, the cockpit is ergonomically challenged, but the gauges themselves, like much of the Rapide's cabin, are works of art. For an even richer experience, check out the Luxury model, which adds glass switchgear, a six-piece luggage set, ventilated front and rear seats, and a dual-screen rear entertainment system -- not that many people would be comfortable spending more than an hour or two in the back seat of a Rapide.

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2012 Rapide Luxury Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.9L V12 DOHC
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 13 MPG city, 19 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 359 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
23.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 470 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 443 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

'12 Aston Martin Luxury Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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