Aston Martin Rapide

‘Drooling over’ is an expression usually associated with exotic cuisines

But update some of your vocab ; Becoz here is a Machine to drool over : The Aston Martin Rapide

Aston’s have always been the show stoppers of Car Shows over the years, so what makes the Rapide more spicy than the other siblings

ANS- Its a 4 door car. And that indeed is a BIG WOW!

I always wondered why this segment was carved out inspite of having GT’s and other forms of wheels, but the Rapide laid my doubts to rest forever and it did so in a statement like never before

Design – Very and very Aston but prettier than anything else (Even Mona Lisa could save a smile for this). 4 door sleek machine have been around for sometime (read the Merc CL, Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte), but not the way Aston did it.

The two extra doors have been accommodated precisely , so its easy to notice the Aston Martin lines ,profile and at the same time its longer (12 inches than the DB9) , perfectly balanced with the shoulder lines and cool 20′ rims. Front and back are more familiar territory carried over from the DB9 theme

Interiors:- Plush with some awesome gadgets as in all sport cars. Add two more bucket seats and a 1,000-watt, 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system (Put on some AC/DC and rock n roll ain’t noise pollution)

Lets face the fact that this being a sport car, space is not the primary agenda, so not really cozy for the taller homo-sapiens in town but still a great place to hang out

Engine and Transmission :-  470-horses to your service through a V12 6.0 Liter and a torque of 443 lb-ft. Transmission is a  six-speed automatic (Aston is planning a more refined 8 speed automatic by next year), which takes you right in the middle of  awesome cars territory considering it is a heavy beast weighing 2 tonnes

NOTE:- Dig this – 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 secs

Appeal – You step in that car, and Brad Pitt envies you. Need more?!

Bottomline – You always loved the Maserati Quattroporte , but too Italian for you ; then you fell in love with the Porsche Panamera , but was ugly , and with those many Mercedes’s sleek stars on roads, is there a choice.

If you smile reading the bottomline, the Rapide is waiting for you…


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