2014 Aston Martin Rapide S – Review
20 May 2013
The 2014 Aston Martin Raptide s has been a hot topic for car lovers for a long time and finally the car made its world debut. Rapids is one of the most beautiful and luxurious four door sports cars that give you the comfort and charm of a luxurious family car with a performance of a sports car. The S Rapide is expected to have more power, sophistication and efficiency in the comparison with other Rapide. The 2014 model year of the Aston Martin Rapide S gets something extra and improved for the exterior, interior and under the hood. For more sporty appearance and a luxurious feel, the four door S Rapide sedan offers an optional Carbon Exterior Package.
Exterior and Interior
In the comparison with the previous model the new model of the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S gets a new bonnet, a more stylish and aggressive front grille, front and rear parking sensors, new hood, front bumper construction and the car sits on 20 inch wheels. Optional exterior features for the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S include different style wheels, titanium hood and side vents, a Carbon exterior package including front splitter, rear lamp infills and rear diffuser mirror caps are all made of carbon fiber. The car comes with a range of paint colors to increase the charm and appeal.
Similar to the exterior, the interior of the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is also very fascinating that comes in a number of interior colors. The standard interior colors are Piano black with shining surfaces of lots of things including front fascia, door handles and dashboard. Other interior features include dual automatic climate control, driver adjustable adaptive dampers, full leather accent, auto dimming rearview mirror, Garmin based navigation system, heated front and rear seats, 15-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system with CD player, power front seat with memory function, Bluetooth, satellite radio and auxiliary audio jack.
Under The Hood
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S employs a 5.9 liter V12 engine that generates an outstanding 550 horsepower and 457 lb ft of torque. The only transmission that is offered for the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is a six speed automatic paired with paddle shifters. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway and the car accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds at a top speed of 190 mph.
The driving experience of the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is impressive because of its identity and form controls, quick and accurate steering wheel and high performance give you a feel of a sports car instead of a luxury sedan. The transmission is exceptionally smooth making your ride engaging and entertaining.
4 wheel ABS, dual front side mounted and front and rear head airbags, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring system, rear integrated and two front headrests, rear door child safety locks, traction control and stability control systems are the standard safety features of 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S.
Pricing and Availability
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S will go on sale in May 2013 through 146 dealers of the brand at a base price of $198,250.
The key rivals of the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S are BMW Alpina B7, Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo and Turbo S, Rolls Royce Ghost and Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed. All these cars are the toughest rivals for the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S and the car have to struggle hard to stand out in the crowd. In terms of acceleration, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is just the king that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds at a top speed of 189 mph.
- Generates high power
- Lots of improvements in terms of styling, speed and performance
- Firm and agile handling
- Well-crafted interior
- A little slow in the comparison with competitors
- Tight rear seat
- Bad fuel economy
The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S is just planning to hit the floors of the showrooms with a high price tag of $198,250 but it is a really good addition to the segment of sports and luxury sedans. Unfortunately, we can’t count the car in the list of high performance and slightly cheaper cars. The 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S has to compete against lots of big names.