2011 Aston Martin Rapide

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2011 Aston Martin Rapide

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Stunning styling
  • Lightweight design
  • Versatile cargo area
  • Rear doors' ease of entry
  • Sporty performance

The bad:

  • Gas mileage
  • $2,100 gas-guzzler tax
  • Priced higher than competitors
  • Large exterior but snug inside

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Four doors, four seats
  • V-12
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • New Luxe Package

2011 Aston Martin Rapide review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Rapide, joins a growing class of ultra-luxury sedans that are typically priced higher than the most expensive models from mass-market luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

New for 2011
The Rapide gains a Luxe Package that includes a rear-seat entertainment system, cooled front and rear seats, a spare crystal key, upgraded alarm system and a broader choice of colors and interior trim.

The Rapide is based on the same platform as Aston Martin’s other cars, and it’s unmistakably a family member.

Aston Martin keeps the Rapide lightweight through the extensive use of aluminum, magnesium alloy and composite along with the more traditional steel.  Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 20-inch silver or graphite wheels
  • Standard front parking sensors
  • Standard gray brake calipers
  • Optional black, red and silver calipers

The Rapide seats four, though the backseat is snug, especially when compared with the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Porsche Panamera. It is best for children and smaller adults. Heated front and rear seats are standard. A cooling feature is standard with the Luxe Package, optional on others. An optional backseat DVD entertainment system provides screens in each of the front seats’ head restraints, along with wireless headsets.

Full-grain leather upholstery is standard, as is walnut trim. Many other finishes are optional, including mahogany, maple, ash, bamboo, piano black and alloy.

A liftgate covers the cargo area; though the area seems small, a partition drops down, expanding the space. Each of the rear seats also folds flat at the touch of a button, expanding the cargo volume from 11.2 to 31.3 cubic feet. A supplied umbrella in the cargo area is a decidedly British touch. Interior features include:

  • Standard navigation system
  • Standard Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment (included with Luxe Package)
  • Optional cooled seats (included with Luxe Package)

Under the Hood
A 470-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine drives the Rapide’s rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. A Sport mode makes the transmission more responsive, and it can also be operated manually using magnesium shift paddles on the steering column. Aston estimates the zero-to-60 mph time at 5 seconds and the top speed at 188 mph.

Other features include an adaptive suspension that varies firmness based on conditions. The four-wheel-disc brakes have large six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. Mechanical features include:

  • 470-hp, 6.0-liter V-12
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
  • Top speed of 188 mph
  • Mechanical limited-slip differential

The Rapide’s standard safety features include:

  • Seat-mounted front side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear seats
  • Stability control
  • Antilock disc brakes


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


My Dream Car

This is an awesome car looks, sound , feels Wow Amazing it's expensive but if you have the opportunity to bless yourself this is the way to go.


Trustworthy people

I have been a customer hear for many years. I must say that the Aston Martin exemplifies the type of cars that this dealership sells. Excellent.


Head turner!

This car is simply amazing! It constantly turns heads and gets questions. The comfort is fantastic for me and my wife in the front and the kids are always content in the back with the media package. I also use this as a business car and it impresses clients. I even convinced a Bentley flying spur owner to convert! So far there have not been any problems. Sure it costs a ton of money but if you can, go for one!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Aston Martin
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years years old or less/unlimited mileage
Basic warranty terms
12 months/unlimited miles
12 months/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
140-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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