The London Car Museum had us enchanted. We felt privileged and enriched after having had a glimpse of the vintage cars and respected Brand names of the 1960’s and 70’s. Making our way back to the hotel gallery, the beautiful plush country side had us enthralled. We happened to chance upon a rare black beauty, the Aston Martin Rapide and this was an added bonus. Not to be satisfied with a casual and curious glance, we took our time to study and inspect the car closely.
The proficient and tactful exemplification of straight edges on this enormous four door sedan along with the handsome sloping roofline makes way for the alluring grand silhouette and can be truly regarded as the artwork of a connoisseur of automobiles.The Broad shoulder line is evident and it has been neatly embedded in the majestic paintwork.
Beginning with the front look, the broad and exquisite triangular bonnet with a flat ending has the ovular headlamps perfectly embedded within it. The LED daytime running lights in the form of a white majestic arc are placed above the circle shaped Bi-Xenon headlamps. The turn indicators in the form of a vertical orange string are directed towards the radiator grille. The handmade aluminum mesh framework in the center has not lost its importance even after so many years, at a time when car manufacturers are opting for newfangled and cutting edge technologies to modernize their vehicle’s front look. The legendary emblem is proudly inscribed above the fender fetching unmatched appreciation. In the case of this British icon, fashioners have guaranteed that they emphasize and reiterate the renowned heritage and traditional imitation, so what we get is an emphatic fusion of novelty and retro styling that is extremely alluring to glance at.
Proceeding sideways, the 20 inch sparkle matt dark gloss finished wheels exude a royal charm and elegance of their own. The neat intricate detailing on the 10 spoke alloys with the Aston Martin emblem in the hub cap speaks volumes of the artistic bent of mind of the British engineers at work.
The Rapide’s humongous length complimented by the gracefully curved out wheel arches and a low position gives it that average sportster cum extravagance tourer look. So the twin purposes of a boardroom on the move and a great weekend getaway vehicle can be accomplished. The door handles are carved out in the most precise way and give you that regal feeling on merely touching them. The beautifully sculpted waistline gets more pronounced towards the rear and blends seamlessly with the integrated rear spoiler.
The backside is where all drama is accentuated to an altogether different and exciting level. The sideways U molded LED Braking lights give the perception of a horse shoe magnet and on a careful assessment you will see how they rise meticulously from the sidelines and merge into the boot covered by a silver chrome strip in the middle. Double circular shaped fume channels exude action alongside adding to the exhilaration and fervor every time a man begins the motor of this brute.
Getting within is the best place to encounter flawless carefully assembled extravagance at its best. The grandiose of the Sapphire cut glass key knob when held in your hands to the upholstery inside with the Alacantra headliners on the seats gives the impression of high stature and sophistication.
It truly makes a person feel at home by offering customization options to modify the interior feel and builds up that exclusive feeling of individuality. The grace of the navigation screen rising from the top of the control panel and offering crystal clear graphics provides further conclusive proof of the impeccable attention to detail philosophy.
The rear seats qualify as one of the best in class with all bells and whistles on offer such as the heated rear screens, ventilated seats, cup holders along with the brilliant sound from the 1000w Bang & Olufsen tweeters that advance from the extreme corners of the dashboard.
However tall individuals can grumble of absence of back headroom because of the declining roofline but again the extravagant feeling of being transported in this monster overrules every other grouse by the day's end. The boot size is generous and a hatchback type opening mechanism lends access to more area for storage. Even the back seats can be folded but that would be done on a rare occasion because this masterpiece is meant to make you travel in supreme luxury and comfort.
Bringing one’s attention to the principle heart of this mammoth beast, a colossal and mighty 6 litre V12 motor communicates its thrilling nature clearly from the very start with an immense 477 bhp with an earth shattering 600 Nm of torque, along with the 6 speed touchtronic 2 transmission playing the role of a sincere companion.
The motor comes across as one of the plush and able cruisers hiding all its raw and abundant power within but when one has the mood to go wild and berserk, it satisfies that too. The quickening is rapid with a 0-100kmph timing of 4.9 seconds and a top speed close to 300 km/hr.
The power train’s refined clamor, on pressing one’s right foot is astonishingly delightful to hear along with letting free the insane acceleration capability of this machine.
The Aston Martin truly comes out on top and redefines driving dynamics while setting unique benchmarks in the segment. One can’t even feel the excess length of the car around tight bends because once inside, it doesn’t let you get traumatized by its imperial exterior overhangs .The steering feels normal at decent speeds and shows its exemplary character of weighing up well while gaining pace.
The exuberant style in which this plush tourer radiates the on road mannerisms is really amazing, particularly that of a beast incarnate. This Aston can gather serious momentum and going with that is the superb slowing mechanism under any frenzy circumstance alongside ESP and braking control which keep the tires from sliding .But on a special occasion when you need to let off that inherent raw unadulterated power on your favorite race track, you are most welcome to turn ESP off, draw in the transmission in the sports mode and smolder the landing area as much as you need to do. The suspension is a boon taking up the rough patches and the undulations of the tarmac indeed well without being bouncy at high speeds and can be complemented for its road hugging nature. As a thumb rule, this vehicle is equipped with all safety features and aids such as dual front, side, curtain and segment first head protection airbags for front and rear passengers along with traction control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Dynamic stability control and Anti- lock braking system to name a few. The Adaptive Dampening Systems lets the driver select between suspension settings such as NORMAL, SPORTS and TRACK to derive maximum satisfaction and set his own records. Alternatively the on car computer continuously monitors throttle inputs, braking force and steering rotation and keeps configuring the dampers accordingly.
Summing it up, we want to state that Aston Martin as a legendary automotive brand gives a profound glimpse into the rich British Cultural legacy with the Rapide epitomizing it. It is a hypnotizing and a timeless piece that makes you want to claim it and park in your garage and presently this blissful moment can be experienced at Big Boy Toyz without a doubt.
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