2012 Aston Martin Rapide

Change year or car

Change year or car


starting MSRP

2012 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
  • Priced higher than competitors
  • Large exterior but snug inside

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2012 Aston Martin Rapide trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2012 Aston Martin Rapide review: Our expert's take

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.

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

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

Standard safety features include:

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Expensive to repair yes! Reliable Yes!

Best naturally aspirated V12 for the money you can buy. This won’t hold true long when people start to realize the incredible experience and Value it gives

See all 1 consumer reviews


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
View all cpo program details

Have questions about warranties or CPO programs?

Compare the competitors


Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph


starting MSRP


Bentley Arnage


starting MSRP


Rolls-Royce Phantom VI


starting MSRP