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Aston Martin Rapide
2014-2018 Aston Martin Rapide S sedan (2018-08-27) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production 2010–present
Assembly Gaydon, England (2012–present)
Graz, Austria (2010–2012)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size[1][2] luxury car (E)
Body style 4-door fastback saloon
Layout Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform VH Generation III
Related Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin Virage
Engine 5.9 L V12
Transmission 6-speed ZF 6HP26 (Touchtronic II) automatic (2010–2014)[3]
8-speed ZF 8HP70 (Touchtronic III) automatic (2015–present)
Wheelbase 117.7 in (2,990 mm)
Length 197.6 in (5,019 mm)
Width 75.9 in (1,928 mm)
Height 53.5 in (1,359 mm)
Kerb weight 1,990 kg (4,387 lb)

The Aston Martin Rapide is a 4-door, 4-seater, high-performance sports saloon, which British mid-sized luxury marque Aston Martin introduced in early 2010. It was first presented as a concept car at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in 2006 and the production version of the Rapide was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.[4]

The Rapide name is a reference to the Lagonda Rapide, a four-door saloon produced by Lagonda, now part of Aston Martin. The new Rapide is the company's first 4-door fastback saloon since the Aston Martin Lagonda was discontinued in 1989.[5] It is based on the Aston Martin DB9 and is underpinned by the VH Generation3 platform.[6]

The first cars were rolled out in May 2010,[7] initially built at a dedicated plant at the Magna Steyr facility in Graz, Austria. The factory initially planned to build 2,000 per year,[8] but relocated to England in 2012 after sales did not meet production targets.[9]

Rapide (2010–2013)[edit]

Aston Martin Rapide fastback
Aston Martin Rapide fastback


The Rapide is powered by a 5,935 cc (5.9 L; 362.2 cu in) V12 engine, producing 470 bhp (350 kW; 477 PS) and torque of 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft). It is rear-wheel drive and has a 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic.

The Rapide can reach a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h),[8] and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds.


The Rapide's standard features include a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillamps. Leather and walnut trim are standard, with metallic accents; power front seats with memory, cooling and heating; Bluetooth; satellite radio (US version only); and USB and iPod connectivity.[10] The Rapide comes, as standard, with a Bang & Olufsen 16 speaker sound system with two tweeters that rise from the dashboard on activation of the system.

Rapide S (2013–present)[edit]

Rapide S


As part of the 2014 facelift and revisions to the Rapide, the V12 engine is upgraded to now produce 550 bhp (410 kW; 558 PS) and torque of 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft).[11] Performance improvements include a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) reduced to 4.9 seconds. CO2 emissions are cut by 23g/km to 332g/km.

The Rapide S received further revisions in 2015, with a new 8-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission and power increase to 552 bhp (412 kW; 560 PS) and 630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft) of torque, resulting in an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds and a new top speed of 203 mph (327 km/h).[12]

RapidE Concept[edit]

Aston Martin is working on an all-electric version of its Rapide luxury sedan, named "RapidE". The electric car[13] will be all-wheel-drive with over 200 mi (320 km) of range.[14][15]

Rapide S AMR[edit]

Aston Martin unveiled the new AMR line for the Rapide S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, along with the new Valkyrie, the Vanquish S Volante, and the V8 Vantage AMR-Pro. The AMR car features a black mesh grille, performance upgrades, and a new styling package.


Aston Martin opted to ending its production by sub-contractor Magna Steyr in the middle of 2012, six years earlier than expected. Production of the car was also halted temporarily in May 2011. In the face of a diminishing market for luxury saloons, and to match output to shrinking sales, Aston Martin has to cut annual production from 2,000 to 1,250 in June 2011 - and may go as low as 500 annually.[16]


A Rapide S was entered in the 2010 24 Hours Nürburgring. Drivers included Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez. It finished second in the SP 8 class.[17] This Rapide S was powered a new technology introduced by Alset GmbH, Hybrid Hydrogen system that enables to use hydrogen and petrol individually or at the same time in an internal combustion engine. Aston Rapide S was the first car to race the 24 Hours Nürburgring with hydrogen fuel.[18]



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  2. ^ "An example of Rapide's proper rival". 
  3. ^ "Aston Martin Automatic Gearboxes". JT Automatics Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Aston Martin Officially Unveils the Four-Door Rapide". 
  5. ^ "Aston Martin Lagonda (1978–1989) | Buying Guide | Buying | octane". 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Aston Martin Rapide review". Autocar. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Pal Tan First Aston Martin Rapide rolls out from Austrian factory at, 10 May 2010
  8. ^ a b Vaughn, Mark (24 August 2009). "Desert Shakedown". AutoWeek. Detroit, Michigan: Crain Communications Inc. 59 (17): 27. ISSN 0192-9674. 
  9. ^ "Rapide production cut back". Autocar. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
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  11. ^ Migliore, Greg (4 February 2013). "Pushing the V12 Power". Autoweek. 63 (3): 7. 
  12. ^ "Aston Martin Rapide S 2014 review". Auto Express. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Super, Highlight (2017-06-28). "Aston martin RapidE: The Fully Electric Aston Martin Rapide reveals". atvmagblog. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  14. ^ Lambert, Fred (2016-12-26). "10 electric cars coming in the next 3 years : 10 – Aston Martin RapidE". Electrek. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  15. ^ Stoklosa, Alexander (2015-10-22). "RapidE: The Fully Electric Aston Martin Rapide Concept Takes Shape". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  16. ^ Rendell, Julian (2011-06-16). "Rapide production cut back". AutoCar. 
  17. ^ Rusz, Joe (August 2010). "American Cars rule in European GT Racing". Road & Track. 61 (12): 107. 
  18. ^ de Paula, Matthew. "Aston Martin Favors Hydrogen Over Hybrids, At Least For Now". Forbes. Forbes Publishing. 

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