• MSRP: $71,615–$111,871
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 16
  • Engine: 470-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Aston Martin Rapide

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Aston Martin Rapide

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2012 Aston Martin Rapide Reviews

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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2012 Aston Martin Rapide Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/unlimited

Powertrain

36mo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/unlimited

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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