It’s pretty obvious to most that there is a battle being waged by high-end car companies to design the best 4-door sport sedan/hatchback. Many car companies have made some sad attempts of coming out with their version of the of the sedan hatchback i.e BMW GT, however one of the best looking sedans to have come along is the Aston Martin Rapide. The Aston Martin design team did an amazing job of designing a 4 door while still maintaining the sexy lines of say their DB9 Coupe. The Rapide is actually a hatchback although you wouldn’t really know simply by glancing at it.
The Rapide also has some very unique and noteworthy design features such as the individual rear buckets seats with personal climate controls. Although it seems a little claustrophobic at first glance, there is actually a lot of room and great views from every angle. It definitely eliminates the need to call out “Shotgun” when going for a ride in this car.
Other design features include a hatchback tailgate, power folding seats and movable bulkhead which afford the Rapide probably the highest degree of practicality ever offered by an Aston Martin.
The Rapide is powered by a massive 5.9 liter V12 which produces 470 hp @ 6000 rpm and 443 lb-ft torque @ 5000 rpm. It goes 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and claims a top speed of 188 mph.
Although I think the Rapide is as close to perfection as one can get for a sedan, I really would have liked to of seen some more horse power. I almost wonder if they would have been better off with well-tuned V8 vs. their V12. Ferrari and Lamborghini aside, V12’s are very heavy, and never seem produce the amount of horse power you would expect from that size of engine. This would have at least lowered the Rapide’s MSRP of $207K +/-. With all that aside, the Aston Martin Rapide still makes it into my dream garage!