2012 Aston Martin Rapide

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    16 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    470-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Gas mileage
  • Priced higher than competitors
  • Large exterior but snug inside

Notable Features of the 2012 Aston Martin Rapide

  • New Garmin-based navigation system
  • Four doors, four seats
  • V-12
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive

2012 Aston Martin Rapide Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Rapide is a member of the 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. It's powered by a V-12 engine and has seating for four people. Competitors include the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the Maserati Quattroporte.

New for 2012
The Rapide trades its hard-drive navigation system for a Garmin-based setup for 2012. New options include a backup camera and rear privacy glass.

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 extensive use of aluminum, magnesium alloy and composite along with more traditional steel. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • LED taillights
  • Front and rear parking sensors

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.

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, exp...

Vehicle Overview

The Rapide is a member of the 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. It's powered by a V-12 engine and has seating for four people. Competitors include the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the Maserati Quattroporte.

New for 2012
The Rapide trades its hard-drive navigation system for a Garmin-based setup for 2012. New options include a backup camera and rear privacy glass.

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 extensive use of aluminum, magnesium alloy and composite along with more traditional steel. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • LED taillights
  • Front and rear parking sensors

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.

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 Bang & Olufsen stereo
  • Memory seats
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control

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 automatic more responsive, and the transmission can also be operated manually using magnesium shift paddles on the steering column. Aston claims the zero-to-60 mph sprint takes 5 seconds, and the car's top speed is 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:

  • Double-wishbone front and rear suspension
  • Mechanical limited-slip differential

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear seats
  • Electronic stability system

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Aston Martin Rapide has not been tested.

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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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