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2011 Aston Martin Rapide

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$59,242 — $85,498 USED
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4 Seats
16 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 2 reviews

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

What to Know

about the 2011 Aston Martin Rapide
  • Four doors, four seats
  • V-12
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • New Luxe Package

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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 ...

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.

Exterior
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

Interior
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

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
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Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(5.0)

Trustworthy people

by Jorge on May 23, 2014

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Head turner!

by Aston-Martin-forever from Atlanta, GA on May 28, 2011

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 ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Aston Martin Rapide currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Aston Martin Rapide has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Aston Martin

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rapide received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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