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Rapide
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Aston Martin
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200,000 CR
Model year: 2010
Performance Index: A 517
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
8.6
HANDLING
5.2
ACCELERATION
7.0
LAUNCH
7.2
BRAKING
5.1
Advanced Performance
Power: 470 HP (350 kW)
Torque: 442 lb ft (599 N·m)
Weight: 4299 lbs (1949 Kg)
Front: 51%
Displ: 5.9 L
Power/weight: 241 HP per ton

179 kW per ton


There are few riskier propositions than producing a four-door sportscar, because sedan proportions and coupe proportions are so different. Where others have failed, the Rapide not only succeeds, it’s a drop-dead gorgeous stunner. It has the moves to match its voluptuous curves because the Rapide builds off of the lightweight and rigid VH architecture of the DB9 coupe, stretching it a foot but keeping all of the good bits: the 6-liter V12, rear ZF transaxle, and most of the DB9’s advanced suspension. Chalk it up to the fact that Aston Martin is run by Dr. Ulrich Bez, who isn’t just a guy in a tailored suit—he’s a real car nut, and the Rapide had to perform to his high standards. It does this and more, as Dr. Bez drove a very lightly modified version of the Rapide in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, which finished without a hitch. Off the track, the Aston sedan is a pleasing mix of ferocious V12 acceleration and the hand-crafted, luxurious interiors that Aston fans have come to expect. All in all, the Rapide not afraid to flaunt what it’s got.

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